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2017/01/11

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PACIFICO Yokohama was ranked as the top convention facility in 2015, according to “Statistics on International Conventions” by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

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

rank the number of events the number of attendees the number of overseas attendees
1 PACIFICO Yokohama 93 PACIFICO Yokohama 249,189 PACIFICO Yokohama 16,401
2 Kyoto International Conference Center 39 Kyoto International Conference Center 98,707 Kyoto International Conference Center 7,751
3 Tsukuba International Congress Center 36 Tokyo Big Sight 85,415 Grand Cube Osaka 7,614
4 Grand Cube Osaka 34 Nagoya Congress Center 77,374 Tokyo Big Sight 5,445
5 Kobe International Conference Center 28 Grand Cube Osaka 76,831 Kobe International Conference Center 5,257
Reference Total in Japan 2,847 Total in Japan 1,766,798 Total in Japan 175,033

(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

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
The number of events 69 73 91 97 89 69 84 128 100 93
The number of attendees 81,965 138,035 315,146 198,885 166,768 143,497 185,518 210,200 563,831 249,189
The number of overseas attendees 8,688 15,450 6,839 16,275 10,954 6,553 20,115 14,077 23,232 16,401

(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).
About MICE
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).