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2018/06/29

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PACIFICO Yokohama ranked as top Japanese MICE facility in 2016, according to “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2016” by JNTO

PACIFICO Yokohama, one of the largest MICE complexes in Japan*1, was ranked as the top Japanese MICE facility in 2016 in terms of the number of conferences hosted, the number of attendees, and the number of overseas attendees, according to the breakdown of “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2016”*2, published by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).
Spending by participants in international conferences and other MICE events is believed to generate more economic impact than that by general tourists and also create business opportunities and innovations. These events are also said to have high social significance as they help promote cultural, artistic, and academic activities. In spring 2020, a new MICE facility, Yokohama Minato Mirai International Convention Center (Popular name; PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH), will open adjacent to PACIFICO Yokohama. We will continue contributing to the local community by inviting and hosting many international conferences and other MICE events.

Ranking of Convention facilities for international conferences in 2016

rank Total number of international conferences Total number of participants Total number of overseas attendees
1 PACIFICO Yokohama 91 PACIFICO Yokohama 283,564 PACIFICO Yokohama 21,902
2 Osaka Prefecture International Convention Center
55 Kyoto International Conference Center 142,105 Kyoto International Conference Center 11,307
3 Kyoto International Conference Center 49
Tokyo Big Sight 95,094  Kobe International Conference Center 6,873 
4 Kobe International Conference Center 42 Osaka Prefecture International Convention Center 83,454 Tokyo Big Sight 6,264
5 Kitakyushu International Conference Center 37 Fukuoka Convention Center 67,870 Tokyo International Forum 6,019
Reference Total in Japan 3,121 Total in Japan 1,861,102 Total in Japan 214,111

(Source: an excerpt from “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2016” by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Chapter 1 “International conventions’ trend analysis by year and by facility”)

Major international conventions held at PACIFICO Yokohama in 2016

・26th Goldschmidt Conference (June 26 – July 1, 2016)
・31st International Congress of Psychology (July 24 – 29, 2016)
・16th World Congress on Pain (September 26 – 30, 2016)

10-year data on the international conventions held at PACIFICO Yokohama

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
The number of events 73 91 97 89 69 84 128 100 93 91
The number of attendees 138,035 315,146 198,885 166,768 143,497 185,518 210,200 563,831 249,189 283,564
The number of overseas attendees 15,450 6,839 16,275 10,954 6,553 20,115 14,077 23,232 16,401 21,902

(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

  • The organizer is an international organization or association (with branches in different countries), or is a national or domestic
    organization (referring to organizations that are not private enterprises)
  • The total number of delegates is above 50.
  • There are delegates from at least 3 countries participating, including Japan.
  • The duration of the event is at least 1 day.

(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.

*1 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).
*2 About the “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan
The “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan,” 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, avnd the statistics on the international conventions in the world published by the Union of International Associations (UIA).

Press Release

PACIFICO Yokohama ranked as top Japanese MICE facility in 2016, according to “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2016” by JNTO