International Conferences Bring More Business Travelers to Kyoto

Kansai International Airport in Kyoto, Japan, saw a 41 percent increase in international passenger arrivals in August 2012 compared to August 2011, the Kyoto Convention Bureau reported this week, attributing the increase — the sixth consecutive month of rising international passenger arrivals — to a growing number of travelers who are visiting Kyoto for meetings and conventions.

In the last six months, the CVB said, Kyoto has hosted a number of high-profile events, including the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing; the 12th International Conference on Creep and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures; the International Commission On Large Dams (ICOLD) 80th Annual Meeting and 24th Congress; the biennial congress of International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions; and the 19th International Mass Spectrometry Conference.

"Kyoto is renowned for its experience in hosting international business events," said Kyoto Convention Bureau International Marketing Manager James Kent. "The city combines first-class facilities and history, which makes it very attractive for business meetings and conferences. Infrastructure also plays an important role when organizers choose a destination. Kyoto has seen significant investment in this area so it is now even easier for business visitors to get here, and we are pleased to see that this has had a positive impact on the number of international passengers passing through Kansai International Airport. As further improvements are made to make the city more accessible we expect to see a further increase in the number of people from Asia, and around the world, to attend business events being held in Kyoto."