February 2021 Newsletter

Business Events Tokyo

Dear planners, organizers, and business partners,

In Tokyo, a state of emergency has been declared on January 8 and extended to March 7. The government has introduced measures aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus including closing bars and restaurants by 8:00 p.m.
The great effect of these measures resulted in the number of newly infected people, which has significantly reduced and is now much less than a quarter of the peak level.

Even under a state of emergency, events, including meetings can be organized at half capacity and up to 5,000 attendees. It is required to take safety measures such as wearing masks and observing social distancing.

Hygiene Safety Guidelines for Business Events

Hygiene Safety Guidelines for Business Events

The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) has released the "Hygiene Safety Guidelines -Holding a Successful Business Event in Tokyo," a comprehensive document for meeting organizers planning an on-site event or a hybrid event in Tokyo. The guidelines serve as an adaptable blueprint for event planning, on-site management, and post-event considerations.

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A Dynamic Painting Performance at a Webinar Cohosted by TCVB and Partner Cities

TCVB has hosted a webinar for overseas meeting planners, together with some of partner cities which are Nagoya, Okinawa and Sapporo. As a result, planners have had the opportunity to learn about the possibilities that Tokyo and partner cities offer as safe business event destinations.

The webinar began with a Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) performance, which was filmed in one of Tokyo's unique venues: the beautiful Kiyosumi Garden. The open-air venue is often used for private parties and movie shoots. The location is also suitable for hosting traditional Japanese experiences, such as tea ceremonies, sweet making, and so forth.

A Dynamic Painting Performance at a Webinar Cohosted by TCVB and Partner Cities

"Wow! What a dynamic and powerful performance!", fascinated webinar participants watched on in wonder as Sumi-e artist Hidekichi Shigemoto slowly began to draw mysterious lines with a brush. By the end of the short performance, he had rapidly finished three paintings, each rendered in his own style. The performance was edited down into an easily digestible three-minute-long video for webinar participants.

The artist usually completes a live painting in front of an audience within 20 minutes. We believe that the show, as gala performance, would fit in perfectly with your corporate events.

Shigemoto's Sumi-e signboards for "TOKYO 2020" have been displayed on the exterior walls of passenger boarding bridges at Haneda Airport. Why not allow Tokyo, the city that is hosting the international sports event, to be the location of your next memorable event?"
Contact TCVB for more ideas about unique programs for successful future events.

The First Interactive Online Seminar for International Associations to be held on March 4

TCVB is delighted to announce that it will host its first interactive webinar for international associations, meeting planners, and media members. The webinar will take place on March 4 at 19:00 (JST) and will feature 60 minutes of practical information and fun alongside an interactive question and answer session.

During the free webinar, we will run through the latest trends and recent international conferences held in Tokyo and introduce new initiatives for your next SAFE meeting in the Japanese capital.

Tentative program:
- An introduction to the recently published "Hygiene Safety Guidelines -Holding a Successful Business Event in Tokyo"
- Sharing the latest in Tokyo's business event scenes
- Virtual site visit to Tokyo's venues
- Case studies of hybrid conferences held in Tokyo
- A peek at some special cultural programs

If you are interested in joining, please email tsukiyama@tcvb.or.jp

Tokyo to Host the 7th Asian Conference on Tumor Ablation (ACTA)

TCVB is delighted to announce that Tokyo has won its bid to host ACTA 2021 TOKYO at the Kioi Conference complex from October 15-17, 2021. The conference is expected to attract more than 1,000 specialists, including 400 foreign participants hailing from more than 36 countries.

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Safeguard Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label for Capital Hotels

As facilities that meet world-class health and safety standards, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba, Nohga Hotel Ueno Tokyo, Nohga Hotel Akihabara Tokyo, Tokyo Green Hotel and Hotel Niwa Tokyo are now proud recipients of the Safeguard Label. The label is issued by Bureau Veritas, a world-leading provider of testing, inspections, and certifications.

Six Tokyo Restaurants Receive a MICHELIN Green Star for the First Time

Six restaurants -NARISAWA, L'Effervescence, Lature, Florilège, Sincère, and Quintessence- have been awarded a MICHELIN green star for their sustainable approach to gastronomy by reducing waste, by lessening their impact on the environment, by preserving natural resources, by protecting endangered species, or by supporting environmentally responsible local producers.

Tokyo continues to be one of the world's most dynamic and attractive food and hospitality destinations. A total of 446 city restaurants are listed in MICHELIN Guide Tokyo 2021, including 12 three-star restaurants (two new), 42 two-star restaurants (two new), 158 one-star restaurants (18 new), and 234 Bib Gourmand restaurants (35 new).

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Tokyo Again Ranked Third in the Annual Global Power City Index

For the fifth year in a row, Tokyo has been placed behind only London and New York in a list of the top 40 major global cities. The Annual Global Power City Index rankings are compiled by the Mori Memorial Foundation's Institute for Urban Strategies. Tokyo continues to show strength in all areas and has improved its performance in the environment and accessibility categories.

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