The breakdown of “Statistics on International Conventions in 2015,” released by JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) shows that PACIFICO Yokohama ranked as the most used facility amongst the convention facilities across the country. We are at the top in terms of the number of events for 13 years, the number of attendees for 14 years and the number of overseas attendees for four years in a row. In 2015, many large events took place including Asia-ARVO 2015 (February16-19), the 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition (May14-17), the 11th ICM Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2015 (July 20-22), and the 24th International Congress of Refrigeration（ICR2015）(August 16-22).
In general, the consumption created by attendees for international conventions, exhibitions and events has more impact on a country’s economy than that created by tourists and also possibility generating new business opportunities and innovations. In addition, such conventions also promote cultural, artistic and academic activities and are considered to have high social significance. Inviting and organizing a number of international conventions, exhibitions and events, PACIFICO Yokohama will continue to make contributions to the local and regional community.
Ranking of Convention facilities for international conventions in 2015
(Source: an excerpt from “Statistics on International Conventions” by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Chapter 1 “International conventions’ trend analysis by year and by facility”)
10-year data on the international conventions held at PACIFICO Yokohama
(Source: an excerpt from “Statistics on International Conventions” by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Chapter 1 “International conventions’ trend analysis by facility”)
*Requirements for an event to be defined as an international convention
(1) From 2007 to today
- Organizer: international agency / international organization (including national branch), or national agency / national organization
- Number of attendees: more than 50
- Number of attendee countries: more than 3 including Japan
- Convention period: 1 full-day or more
(2) Until 2006
- International convention: more than 20 attendees and more than 2 attendee countries including Japan
- National convention: more than 20 attendees including more than 10 overseas attendees
- Seminars or symposium that fulfills the above-described requirements
*These are requirements for events held in convention facilities. Events at universities and hotels are not included.
About the “Statistics on Conventions”
The “Statistics on Conventions,” published by JNTO every year and Japan’s only document on international conventions, is comprised of a summary and analysis of international conventions held in Japan, data about each convention, and the statistics on the international conventions in the world published by the Union of International Associations (UIA).
MICE is a generic term for business events and an acronym which stands for Meeting (corporate meetings), Incentive Travel (incentive, training travels organized by companies), Convention (general assemblies, academic conferences organized by international organizations and academic societies) and Exhibition / Event (exhibitions, trade shows, and events).