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JCS is Proud to be Responsible for the Overall Management of G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

The 2019 G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting was held on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at the Niseko HANAZONO Resort in Kutchan Town, Hokkaido, Japan. This was a large-scale international meeting with a total of attendees from 31 countries, including G20 members and delegations from various international organizations, leading to opinions being actively exchanged between countries. Global issues in the tourism field, considering the trend of tourism policies in each country and the global tourism market, were discussed, and JCS was proud to be in charge of the overall management, including the Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting was held for the first time this year, and attendees from Japan included the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Kazuyoshi Akaba, who served as Chairman, and Hiroshi Tabata, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency. At the Ministers’ Meeting, as the chairing country, Minister Akaba expressed his desire to have a discussion regarding the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, discussions were held about overtourism, such as natural and environmental problems and measures regarding infrastructure and congestion, caused by increasing numbers of tourists. Following the Meeting, a proposal for tourism incorporating agricultural experiences by local high school students was announced, and a declaration was adopted that included efforts to encourage visitors to visit additional areas to develop tourism while protecting local environmental and cultural assets.JCS was responsible for all operations related to the Ministers’ Meeting and other high-level meetings, set up and operations for side events and exhibitions, arrangement and management for the Ministers’ dinner banquet, security, lodging, transportation, reception, and the press center.

Welcome board with illustrations from local elementary schools
Welcome board with illustrations from local elementary schools
Photo session with Mt. Yotei in the background
Minister Akaba delivering opening remarks
Minister Akaba delivering opening remarks
Participants experiencing Kutchan food and beverages
A chapel specifically arranged as a venue for side talks
A chapel specifically arranged as a venue for side talks
Herbarium decorations by Hokkaido Kutchan Agricultural High School

About the G20 Osaka Summit

The G20 is formally called the Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy and the participants are the leaders of 19 member countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Republic of South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States of America) plus the European Union (EU). It is an international conference with economy as the main item on the agenda. 2019 is the first time for Japan to take on the G20 presidency.

Date June 28 and Saturday, June 29, 2019
Location International Exhibition Center, Osaka (INTEX Osaka)

List of related Ministerial Meetings

  • Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting
    May 11 (Sat.) to 12 (Sun.), 2019
    Niigata, Niigata Prefecture

    Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting
    June 8 (Sat.) to 9 (Sun.), 2019
    Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

    Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy
    June 8 (Sat.) to 9 (Sun.), 2019
    Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

    Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth
    June 15 (Sat.) to 16 (Sun.), 2019
    Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture

    Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting
    September 1 (Sun.) to 2 (Mon.), 2019
    Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture

    Health Ministers’ Meeting
    October 19 (Sat.) to 20 (Sun.), 2019
    Okayama, Okayama Prefecture

    Tourism Ministers’ Meeting
    October 25 (Fri.) to 26 (Sat.), 2019
    Kutchan, Hokkaido Prefecture

    Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
    November 22 (Fri.) to 23 (Sat.), 2019
    Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

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