Tokyo – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo led the Guam delegation at the 2011 Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) forum in Tokyo this week.
The annual travel fair attracts thousands of travel agents, media representatives and potential visitors.
The Governor has been in Japan this week attending an investment conference and meeting with Japanese and U.S. Officials. Representatives from GVB joined the Governor in Tokyo on Wednesday for the 2 day JATA forum at the Tokyo Big Sight Expo Center.
[Miss Earth Guam and Miss Universe Guam flank Governor Eddie Baza Calvo afterparticipating in the JATA opening ceremonies on Thursday, September 29, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan]
“Japan is Guam’s largest tourism market and it is important to continue efforts to promote Guam as a safe and satisfying destination,” GVB General Manager Joann G. Camacho said. “The Guam delegation is in Tokyo to share our culture and educate travel agents and potential visitors on the unique qualities our island has to offer them.”
The forum is focused on the recovery of tourism after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Despite the decrease in outbound travel for the immediate months following the “3/11” events, the recovery of Japan’s outbound market has been achieved.
Speakers include the President of JATA and Chairman of the Nippon Travel Agency Akira Kanai, JTB President and CEO Hiromi Tagawa, President of Hankyu Travel International Ichiro Namai and President of H. I. S. Akira Hirabayashi. Speakers are presenting the state of international travel and the need to support the expansion of the outbound market.