News/Press Releases

MICE-related information for Tokyo following the Great East Japan Earthquake

11 Apr 2011 / NEWS

To All Congress Organizers,
Meeting Planners and
our friends in the industry around the world,One month has now passed since the earthquake and the tsunami occurred on March 11. We would like to provide you with a report on the latest information relating to MICE in Tokyo.

Convention facilities and hotels are operating as usual. Convention facilities and hotels in Tokyo have not been damaged in any way due to the massive earthquake that hit the northeastern areas of Japan, and are open for business as usual. Public transportation service providers, shopping facilities, restaurants, corporations and schools are also carrying in the same way as always. Our concern at the moment is the potential shortage of electricity in summer when demand for power soars. All industries, together with all the residents and households in Tokyo, are currently engaged in efforts to conserve electricity and avoid spikes in power consumption at certain high-demand periods during the day.

Exhibitions and international conferences in Tokyo will generally be held as planned from May onwards. Partly because of the impact of the rolling blackouts, exhibitions planned from March to early April inevitably had to be canceled. However, most events from mid-April are planned to be held as scheduled. Some international conferences were canceled or postponed, or subjected to a change of venue, due to reductions in the number of overseas participants arising from travel advisories and reductions in scheduled flights. However, most conferences are planned to be held from the early summer.

The 43rd International Premium Incentive Show, Spring 2011 was held on a grand scale fromApril 6, 2011 (Wednesday) to April 8, 2011 (Friday) at Tokyo Big Sight.
http://www.tokyo-bigsight.co.jp/english/newsrelease/pdf/press110408_e.pdfWe ask that you begin considering holding MICE events in Tokyo. We would like to ask for your warm and generous support to rebuild Japan. Towards this goal, we request that you given active consideration to holding conferences and events in Tokyo, followed in time by the planning of visits to our friends in the Tohoku region in the northeast of Japan. More than ever before, we, the members of Tokyo MICE Team sincerely look forward to welcoming you to our city. Should you need information on Tokyo, please do not hesitate to contact us at convention@tcvb.or.jp.
Major convention facilities open for business as usual (as of April 14, 2011)
Major convention hotels open for business as usual (as of April 18, 2011)
CVBs in the Tohoku region