【Update 08/24/2021】Newsletter

【THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF YOKOHAMA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU】
24AUG: Let’s enjoy 2day Trip to Yokohama

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【Update 08/12/2021】Press Release : Yokohama to host global conference on robotics and automation

Yokohama has been chosen to host the 2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (IEEE ICRA 2024). Organized by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, the renowned event will return to Japan for the first time since 2009.

For details, refer to the following link.

https://business.yokohamajapan.com/media/en/news/press/

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【Update 07/29/2021】PACIFICO Yokohama celebrated its 30th anniversary on July 29th

PACIFICO Yokohama celebrated its 30th anniversary on July 29th.

They are deeply grateful for the patronage and support they have received from their many customers and related parties since they opened their doors in 1991. Since their debut at the forefront of Yokohama's Minato Mirai 21 district, together with the development of the city, they have welcomed approximately 27,000 events and 87 million visitors.

https://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/pacifico/news/tabid/558/Default.aspx?itemid=973&dispmid=1511

【Update 07/02/2021】Newsletter

【THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF YOKOHAMA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU】
01JUL: World's Best Convention Destination: Yokohama

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【Update 06/18/2021】Newsletter

【THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF YOKOHAMA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU】
Please get the latest information needed for planning your next MICE in Yokohama!

For details, refer to the following link.

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【Update 06/11/2021】press release: Yokohama Unveils New Promotional Videos for Hybrid Conferences

The Yokohama Visitors and Convention Bureau (YCVB) has created an attractive new set of promotional videos for conference organizers and participants. The goal of these videos is to illustrate why that has become the case. They present the appeal of the city as a meeting destination, and thus, further YCVB’s goal of increasing the number of conferences held as well as the number of conference participants.

Due to the pandemic, conference organizers cannot currently visit in person. In the making of these videos, this was taken into account, as well as the number of conferences presently being held in a hybrid format. One of the videos takes viewers on a unique, interactive 360° tour, providing a realistic experience of exploring this beautiful city. The videos highlight the charms of the harbor combined with abundant greenspace which gives Yokohama an invigorating atmosphere.

https://business.yokohamajapan.com/media/en/news/press/

【Update 06/10/2021】press release: Yokohama Blue Carbon Offset System Employed at First International Conference

Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau (YCVB) is proud to announce that the 2nd ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Summit 2020 (ICCA AP Summit 2020) was the first international conference to put the aforementioned system into practice.

https://business.yokohamajapan.com/media/en/news/press/

【Update 06/03/2021】ICCA Asia Pacific Summit 2020 Yokohama was featured in the article of TTGmice!

Successfully hosting the 2020 summit of the Asia-Pacific chapter of the International Congress and Convention Association has demonstrated that the Yokohama Convention and Visitors Bureau is firmly placing the coronavirus health crisis in the past and moving ahead with MICE events that are both meaningful and memorable.

https://www.ttgmice.com/2021/06/01/yokohamas-hybrid-approach-sets-standards-for-mice-safety/

【Update 05/10/2021】“YOKOHAMA AIR CABIN” urban-type circular ropeway, started operation on 22 April.

Japan’s first and world’s newest urban-type circular ropeway “YOKOHAMA AIR CABIN” creates a new kind of attraction at Yokohama Minato Mirai.
It connects the front of JR Sakuragichō Station and Unga Park in the Shinko District with a cityscape view above the city.

https://yokohama-air-cabin.jp/en/about/

【Update 04/12/2021】PACIFICO Yokohama received International hygiene standard “GBAC STAR™ certification” by ISSA : the first MICE facility in Japan!

【PACIFICO Yokohama Press Release 04/08/2021】
PACIFICO Yokohama is the first MICE facility in Japan to have received “GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation” (here in after “GBAC STAR™ certification”). This certifies that their facility meets international hygiene standards for infection prevention measures so that clients can use their facility safely and with peace of mind.

GBAC STAR™ certification is an international accreditation program developed by the “Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC),” a division of the worldwide cleaning industry organization “International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA),” to advocate operating standards for facilities that implement protocols in cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention. Through the support of “Investigations Related to Certification System for MICE Facilities” by the Japan Tourism Agency, they have been selected from a number of MICE facilities working to promote safe and secure facility usage, leading to this successful certification.

https://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/pacifico/news/tabid/558/Default.aspx?itemid=954&dispmid=1511

Promotion movie of Yokohama is now available!

The latest promotion video of Yokohama for the meeting organizers is now available.
As Yokohama is one of the fastest growing cities in Japan, the wide varieties of the event facilities are being built one after another, such as, an event complex of PACIFICO Yokohama North, concert halls, international brand hotels and so on.
In this video, you will see how modern and sophisticate this city is, yet has an amazing atmosphere of the port city with the spacious view of greenery gardens and wide ocean.
In such refreshing air with less crowed compared to the central Tokyo, Yokohama should be a perfect destination to have a congress in the post COVID-19 era.

Title: Promotion video of Yokohama for the meeting organizers
Time: 3mins, 90secs, 30secs
Subtitle: English

https://business.yokohamajapan.com/mice/en/

ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Summit 2020 will be held in Yokohama.

Yokohama will host the second edition of ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Summit 2020 (ICCA AP Summit 2020) as the Japan’s first host for its meeting, following the host city as Penang in 2019. This event adopts the hybrid format, consisting of virtual and physical broadcasted from PACIFICO Yokohama NORTH which opened in April 2020. Either of ICCA member or non-member will be welcome at ICCA AP Summit 2020.

<Outline of ICCA AP Summit 2020>
1. Schedule
15th-16th December, 2020 (14th of Dec, Pre-tour in Odawara)
2. Venue
PACIFICO Yokohama NORTH (Yokohama, Japan)
3. Host
ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter, the City of Yokohama, Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau, PACIFICO Yokohama

Press Release from ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter
https://www.iccaworld.org/npps/story.cfm?nppage=3868545

http://iccaapyokohama2020.com/

“BAYSIDE BLUE” the articulated bus, started operation on 23rd July 2020.

As a new transportation in the Yokohama Bay Area, the articulated bus “BAYSIDE BLUE” started its operation on 23rd July 2020. This new route made it possible to connect the major tourist attractions and facilities along the waterfront from the Yokohama Station to Yamashita Pier, for example, Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Cupnoodles Museum, Yamashita Park and Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, etc. This is the first articulated bus which was locally developed in Japan by the collaboration research of Hino Motors, Ltd. and ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED.
Total length of this vehicle is 18 meters, maximum capacity is 113 people, and is made progressively barrier-free. The fare for an adult is \ 220, and \ 110 for a child (various daily tickets are also available).
Bayside Blue will contribute to create more prosperity in the waterfront area with the eco-friendly hybrid system.

<Started operation>
23rd July 2020
<Service route>
Yokohama Station (East Exit Bus Terminal) to Yamashita Pier
<Operating distance>
Going trip : 5.95km Returning trip : 6.45km
<Operating hours>
From 10:00 to 19:00
<Service frequency>
Approximately 2 flights/hour
<Number of stops>
8 locations for the each trip
<Required time>
34-39 minutes for Going, 37-42 minutes for returning

Links Regarding Infectious Disease Control Measures by the MICE Facilities in Yokohama

Please kindly be informed about the Infectious Disease Control Measures by the MICE Facilities in Yokohama City as follows. We will support MICE event’s organizers to contribute to infectious disease risk mitigation and improvement of public health considerations.
It would be our pleasure if this information could help you for planning the hygienically managed events in Yokohama.

<Links Regarding Infectious Disease Control Measures by the MICE Facilities in Yokohama>
・PACIFICO Yokohama
https://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/pacifico/news/tabid/558/Default.aspx?itemid=886&dispmid=1511
・YOKOHAMA MINATO MIRAI HALL
https://translate.google.co.jp/translate?hl=ja&sl=ja&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fmmh.yafjp.org%2Fmmh%2F
・InterContinental Yokohama Grand
https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/customer-care/clean-promise?cm_mmc=EXTERNAL-_-6C-_-GLO-_-EN-_-AWA-_-CleanPromise-_-VANITY,
・YOKOHAMA ROYAL PARK HOTEL
https://www2.yrph.com/
・Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers
https://marriott-re-2019ncovc.com/
・YOKOHAMA HEIWA PLAZA HOTEL
https://www.heiwaplaza-hotel.com/en/page6
・Hotel New Grand
https://www.hotel-newgrand.co.jp/cms/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/COVID-19-measures1.pdf
・Hyatt Regency Yokohama
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/info/global-care-and-cleanliness-commitment
・Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel
https://www.princehotels.com/en/safety/
・Shin-Yokohama Grace hotel
https://gracehotel.jp.e.xv.hp.transer.com/news/details/1332/
・SANKEIEIN GARDEN
https://www.sankeien.or.jp/news/1434/

Links Regarding Infectious Disease Control Measures from Public Institutions

We will support MICE event organizers when hosting events in Yokohama referred to the updated public information as follows to contribute to infectious disease risk mitigation and improvement of public health considerations. It would be our pleasure if this could help you for better understanding on the latest situation regarding COVID-19 in Yokohama and in Japan.

<About Coronavirus Disease>
・ Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_00032.html
・Kanagawa Prefectural Government
http://translate.google.co.jp/translate?hl=ja&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pref.kanagawa.jp%2Fdocs%2Fga4%2Fcovid19%2Foccurrence.html&sandbox=1
・Yokohama City
https://translate-en.city.yokohama.lg.jp/city-info/koho-kocho/koho/topics/covid-19/

<Phone Counseling Services>
・AMDA International Medical Information Centre
https://www.amdamedicalcenter.com/activities
・Kanagawa Prefectural Government (three-party call through an interpreter)
https://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/docs/k2w/covid19/en_call.html
・JNTO(Japan National Tourism Organization) Japan Visitor Hotline
https://www.japan.travel/en/plan/hotline/

<Search for medical institutions>
・JNTO(Japan National Tourism Organization)
https://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html

<COVID-19 policy and request to customers by the facilities>
・PACIFICO YOKOHAMA (COVID-19 policy and request to customers)
https://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/pacifico/news/tabid/558/Default.aspx?itemid=886&dispmid=1511

<Japan’s entry restrictions for foreign travelers>
・Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19))
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

Yokohama readies for restart as state of emergency is lifted

The “Declaration of a State of Emergency in response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease” was lifted for all over Japan on 25th May, 2020 . (The below is quoted from the message of Mayer Hayashi)

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In response to the state of emergency being lifted, the City of Yokohama’s basic policy direction will be to “prevent the spread of infection and drive socio-economic activity to create a new normal for residents.” The city will work under the two pillars of “resuming city projects and services as soon as infection control measures are in place,” and “providing active support for the recovery of economic activity based on national and prefectural policies.”
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In response to the above statement, both public and private facilities in Yokohama are in the progress to restart their operations step by step.

・“Takashimaya” and “Sogo” Yokohama branch (department store):Reopened on 27th May, 2020.
・“Marine Rouge” (sightseeing ship):Restarted operation on 25th May, 2020.
・Sankeien Garden:Reopening from 1st June, 2020.
・Restaurants in Yokohama:Allowed to be open until 10 p.m.

Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau will support all the MICE stakeholders to recover the economic damage from COVID – 19 with our higher contribution, and deeply hoping to have the business back on the track in near future.

https://www.city.yokohama.lg.jp/lang/covid-19-en/mayor-message0525.html

“Hyatt Regency Yokohama” opened on 23rd May 2020.

“Hyatt Regency Yokohama” opened in the heart of Yokohama, with a one-stop experience inspired by local traditions of innovation and open-mindedness.

・Hyatt Regency Yokohama
・23rd May, 2020
・315 rooms, check in 15:00 / check out 11:00
・“MILANO|GRILL” (64 seats inside / 12 seats in terrace)
・“The Union Bar &Lounge” (68 seats inside / 12 seats in terrace)
・“Harbor Kitchen” (174 seats inside / 1 private room with 16 seats)
・“MARKET” (pastry & gift shop)
・Function room:192 guests for dinner/ 420 guests for standing buffet (460㎡, can be divided into 2 rooms)

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/hyatt-regency-yokohama/hndry

“PACIFICO Yokohama North” opened on 24th April 2020!

“PACIFICO Yokohama North” opened on 24th April 2020. PACIFICO Yokohama North is a multi-functional convention center featuring one of Japan’s largest multi-purpose halls as a new addition to PACIFICO Yokohama. PACIFICO Yokohama North is directly connected to the existing facilities (National Convention Hall of Yokohama, Conference Center, Exhibition Hall, Hotel) with the pedestrian deck. Catering can be arranged with InterContinental Yokohama Grand – conveniently housed within the complex – and the nearby, Yokohama Royal Park Hotel.
As this is the beginning of a new era for PACIFICO Yokohama which has always been in a leading position in Japan’s MICE industry, even higher contribution to the economic effect would be expected thanks to its excellent facility.
※Due to the emergency declaration on COVID - 19, PACIFICO Yokohama North will be closed temporarily from April 24th 2020.

https://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/tabid/500/Default.aspx

"PACIFICO Yokohama North" will start its operation on 24th April, 2020.

PACIFICO Yokohama North will open adjacent to PACIFICO Yokohama on 24th April, 2020.

The new facility will be built adjacent to the PACIFICO Yokohama Exhibition Hall, and plans include 42 large, medium, and small conference rooms in addition to the largest multipurpose hall (6,300㎡)in the country.

This multipurpose hall, which can be divided into as many as 8 sections depending on the required size and application, is an ideal space for hosting major corporate conventions.

It is also suitable for ceremonies, incentive travel events (training and incentive travel), trade fairs and exhibitions, new product launches, and large scale parties. The added facility, in combination with the current facilities, will allow the concurrent hosting of two large scale international meetings or academic conferences of up to 3,000 people.


【PACIFICO Yokohama North】
[opening date]
・24th April, 2020
[Facility details]
・6 levels + 1 underground level
・the multi-purpose hall of 6,300 ㎡
・42 large / medium / small – sized meeting rooms

https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/yokohama/tyoyh/hoteldetail/concierge#scmisc=nav_concierge_ic

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts to open New Hotel, InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8!

InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, stylish and uniquely shaped hotel is opend by a beautiful harbor.


・InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8

・31st Oct, 2019

・173rooms (3rd floor ~ 5th floor) check in 15:00 / check out 12:00

・Restaurant & Bar "Larboard" (98 seats)
・Sushi restaurant "Katabami" (9 counter seats)

https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/yokohama/tyoyh/hoteldetail/concierge#scmisc=nav_concierge_ic

IBTM World in Balcerona!

From 19th to 21th of November, IBTM World will be held in Barcelona. We are attending as Yokohama CVB in Japan booth. We are going to meet meetings/events professionals and promote Yokohama as a great Convention destination!

https://www.ibtmworld.com/

PACIFICO Yokohama North has successfuly attract more than 100 events!

PACIFICO Yokohama, one of the largest convention complexes in Japan is delighted to report that its new convention facility “PACIFICO Yokohama North,” scheduled to open in spring 2020, has already successfully attracted over 100 events, including international conferences and symposiums.


100 events confirmed between FY2020 and FY2023

In detail: 14 international conferences, 56 domestic conferences, 30 other events (business-related events, exhibitions, large-scale banquets, examinations, etc.)
Including 9 large business-related events, and 3 banquet events making full-scale use of the Multi-purpose Hall.

Some of the major international events confirmed
FY2020: IJCAI-PRICAI 2020, JCI World Congress 2020
FY2021: IEEE NSS-MIC 2021
FY2022: WCCM2022

Newly Opened, APA Hotel & Resort Yokohama Bay Tower

One of the largest hotels in Yokohama just opened in the city central on Sep. 20th, 2019!

This 35-story building houses 2,311 hotel rooms with an open-air hot springs, pool, gym, a banquet hall , and five restaurants & cafes.

APA Hotel & Resort Yokohama Bay Tower
25-5-3 Kaigandori,Naka-ku,Yokohama (3 minutes from Minato Mirai Line ''Bashamichi Station")

https://www.apahotel.com/file/resortyokohama/apahotelwebpfen.pdf

The 2019 Rugby World Cup has been started!!

The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off today, Sep. 20th, in Japan!!

Yokohama is ready to welcome rugby fans from around the world. FANZONE just opened at Rinko Park in Minatomirai offering live broadcasts of matches on a huge screen with plenty of local food and drinks on stalls.

https://www.yokohamajapan.com/article/rugby/

The Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development(TICAD7) in Yokohama!

TICAD stands for Tokyo International Conference on African Development and Summit-level international conference on Africa’s development initiated by Japan in 1993.

◇Conference Venue: PACIFICO Yokohama
◇Dates: August 28 to 30, 2019
◇Co-organizers:Japan, UN, World Bank, UNDP, African Union Commission
◇Participants:African countries, international organizations, development partners, private companies, civil society and others
◇The Three Pillars of TICAD 7
・Accelerating economic transformation and improving business environment through innovation and private sector engagement
・Deepening sustainable and resilient society
・Strengthening peace and stability

https://www.mofa.go.jp/region/africa/ticad/ticad7/index.html

International Conference “Applying Neuroscience to Business”

At SHISEIDO S/PARK, newly opened in April 2019, the first “Applying Neuroscience to Business” conference will be held inviting renowned researchers and businesspersons from Japan and overseas.
The Conference will be the perfect opportunity to get information and find seeds of new business as well as global collaboration.

◇Conference Venue: SHISEIDO S/PARK
◇Date: Thursday, September 26 to Saturday, September 28

https://www.nttdatastrategy.com/can/applyingneuroscience2business2019/index.html

IGARSS 2019 in Yokohama!

IGARSS 2019 in Yokohama!
Hosted by IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the 39th annual IGARSS symposium, IGARSS 2019 (International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2019) will be held in Yokohama.

◇Conference Venue: PACIFICO Yokohama
◇Dates: Sunday July 28th - Friday August 2nd
◇Scientific Theme: Global-Environment Observation and Disaster Mitigation

https://igarss2019.org/

BRAIN & BRAIN PET 2019 Yokohama

BRAIN & BRAIN PET 2019, the 29th International Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism and Function in conjunction with the 14th International Conference on Quantification of Brain Function with PET of the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (ISCBFM) to be held in Yokohama.

◇Conference Venue: PACIFICO Yokohama
◇Dates: Thursday, July 4 - Sunday, July 7, 2019

http://brain2019.jp/index.html