The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau will be exhibiting at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) to entice more travellers from the UAE and GCC markets.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau’s delegation will highlight the city’s exquisite traditions and iconic urban culture with a variety of entertainment, shopping and dining options, as well as the latest tourist attractions.
Director – tourist promotion department, Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Akito Tadokoro remarked: “It is an exciting time to visit Tokyo. Japan will host the Rugby World Cup next year and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, while the visa waiver arrangement was introduced last year for the UAE nationals. We welcome residents of the UAE and Gulf countries.”
He continued: “In addition to exhibiting at ATM, we will conduct the Tokyo Tourism Seminar at Novotel World Trade Centre on April 23 for travel agents and media. We hope to see many travel industry professionals of the UAE and the Middle East countries in order to establish mutually prosperous relationships.”
Tokyo not only represents the political and economic centre of Japan, but it has also emerged as the centre of the world’s economy and culture. There are several large-scale downtown areas, including Ginza, where luxury shops and department stores stand side by side; the sleepless Shinjuku that has become the ‘new city centre of Tokyo’; Asakusa, which is reminiscent of the traditional Edo; and Shibuya and Harajuku, trendsetting destinations for young people.
With daily direct flights offered by Emirates Airline from Dubai to both Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita International Airports, and Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Tokyo Narita Airport, the city is easily accessible from the region.
To make Muslim and Middle Eastern guests as welcome and comfortable as possible, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government holds five-times-yearly seminars to educate on the cultural and religious needs of Muslim guests, providing individual counselling to hotels, hospitality and restaurant partners and other commercial entities.
‘Tokyo Muslim Travelers’ Guide’ is also available to Muslim travellers and comprises thorough information on where to eat, pray, stay and shop.