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2021/01/28

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PACIFICO Yokohama ranked as top Japanese MICE facility in 2019, according to “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2019” by JNTO.

”Number of events” reaches all-time high of 180, top-ranked for 17 consecutive years

PACIFICO Yokohama was ranked as the top Japanese MICE*1 facility in 2019 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 2019”*2, published by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). In 2019, with numerous conferences accompanying the “7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development” (TICAD 7) held in August, our “number of events” reached an all-time high of 180, top-ranked for 17 consecutive years, with the top “number of total participants” for 18 consecutive years.

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.

Our new MICE facility “PACIFICO Yokohama North” opened in spring of last year, and we will mark the milestone of our 30th anniversary in July 2021. Although faced with a very difficult global environment, we will take thorough measures to prevent COVID-19 infections and focus on holding safe and secure events. Looking ahead to business development after COVID-19 is resolved, we will continue our efforts to contribute to the local region through attracting and holding MICE events.

1. Ranking of MICE facilities for international conferences in 2019
rank Total number of international conferences Total number of participants Total number of overseas attendees
1 PACIFICO Yokohama 180 PACIFICO Yokohama 266,958 PACIFICO Yokohama 22,533
2 Kyoto International Conference Center
68 Kyoto International Conference Center 111,679 Kyoto International Conference Center 14,885
3 Osaka Prefecture International Convention Center 58
Nagoya International Conference Center 105,099 Kobe International Conference Center 8,206
4 Sendai International Center 49 Kobe International Conference Center 96,612 Hiroshima International Conference Center 4,692
5 Tsukuba International Conference Center 41 Osaka Prefecture International Convention Center 91,428 Kitakyushu International Conference Center 4,333

(Source: an excerpt from “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2019” by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Chapter 1 “International conventions’ trend analysis by year and by facility”)


2. Major international conventions held at PACIFICO Yokohama in 2019
・International Thermal Spray Conference 2019(ITSC2019) (May 26–29, 2019)
・The 11th International Symposium on Water Supply Technology (July 9–11, 2019)
・IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2019(IGARSS 2019)
(July 28-August 2, 2019)
・The Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development(TICAD7)
(August 28-30, 2019)

*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 “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, and the statistics on the international conventions in the world published by the Union of International Associations (UIA).
 

IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2019 The Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development
 

Press Release

PACIFICO Yokohama ranked as top Japanese MICE facility in 2019, according to “Statistics Regarding International Conferences held in Japan in 2019” by JNTO