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Int'l symposium: "Destination Competitiveness of Japan and Kyoto in Global Tourism"

To commemorate the 2018 launch of its new MBA program, "Tourism and Hospitality Management", the Graduate School of Management (GSM) is hosting an international symposium Friday 29 September to discuss the attractions and competitiveness of Kyoto and Japan in the global tourism market.

Researchers, students, and members of the business community, especially those affiliated with GSM or interested in Japanese tourism, are welcome to attend.
  • Friday 29 September 2017
Time 13:00 to 17:30
Place Hyatt Regency Kyoto
(644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0941 Japan)
Intended for - Kyoto University researchers and students
- Government and business representatives from western Japan
- Leaders and managers of destination management organizations (DMOs) and other tourism stakeholders
Max attendees 150


Opening remarks

  • Professor Yasunaga Wakabayashi, Dean, GSM, Kyoto University

  • Mr Akihiko Tamura, Commissioner, Japan Tourism Agency

Session 1 (in English)

"Destination Competitiveness of Japan in Global Tourism"

  • Keynote 1: "Asian and Japanese Hospitality in Global Tourism"

    Professor Kaye Chon, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Keynote 2: "Future of Japanese Tourism"

    Mr David Atkinson, Konishi Decorative Arts & Crafts

  • Keynote 3: "Japanese Tourism in Big Data Analysis"

    Mr Michael Dykes, Director, Expedia Holdings

Session 2 (in Japanese)

"New Innovation of Destination Management in Japanese Tourism Industries"

  • Keynote 4: "Future of Japanese Destination Management"

    Professor Tadayuki Hara, University of Central Florida

  • Panel session of industry and government representatives

    Kansai Tourism Bureau, Japan Air Lines, KEIHAN Holdings, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan -- Kansai Chapter, Kyoto City Hall, and others

Session 3 (in Japanese)

"New Challenges of New Tourism Program in Kyoto University"

Concluding remarks

Chief Professor Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Management Research Center, GSM, Kyoto University


  • Session 1: English

  • Others: Japanese with English interpretation

Fee Free of charge
Registration Email the following to the address specified below:
 1) Subject: "Application for Tourism Symposium"
 2) Name
 3) Affiliation (eg, GSM, Kyoto University)
 4) Status (student, researcher, business person, etc)
 5) Student number (if applicable)
Email: kanko_event* (replace * with @)
  • Those not affiliated with Kyoto University are asked to indicate their interest in the new MBA program
  • To applicants from outside Kyoto University: The number of available seats is limited, so early application is strongly recommended
  • If the number of applications exceeds the number of available seats, attendees will be selected by a drawing, and be notified by email by the middle of September
Registration deadline Tuesday 12 September 2017
Inquiries kanko_event* (replace * with @)

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International Symposium: "Destination Competitiveness of Japan and Kyoto in Global Tourism"