Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)'s Singapore Office has been officially appointed to offer support services to meeting and incentive planners from Asia Pacific as of April this year.
JNTO Singapore MICE now joins the global JNTO Mice community, which includes overseas offices in New York, London and Seoul.
The newly installed bureau is helmed by deputy director, Susan Maria Ong, who has "more than a decade of professional experience in bridging South East Asia travel with Japan tourism" and "extensive knowledge and expertise about destination marketing of Japan", said Etsuko Kawasaki, executive director of JNTO's Japan Convention Bureau in Tokyo.
Services that will be available from the JNTO Singapore office include:
-Facilitation of bids for regional and international conventions, meetings and incentives
-Assistance with site inspections, DMC recommendations and RFPs
-Link up with local convention bureaus for onsite event support programmes in the form of welcome greetings, city tours and cultural performances
-Liaison with government ministries to lobby for funding support for major conferences
-Assistance with venue recommendations, sourcing of local supplies, and pre- and post-meeting tour ideas
MICE planners can visit www.japanmeetings.org, the official website for JNTO's MICE, and check out the tab 'Planner Tools'.