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Mice Net : February 2009
japan okinawa... Oh Story by Johanna Mc Kinnon theRe’s An islAnd pARAdise in Japan? believe it! okinawa also offers conference delegates facilities such as the okinawa Convention Centre and a range of resort-style accommodation. okinawa was once known as the Kingdom of the ryukyus and one of Japan’s southern prefectures. the region consists of hundreds of the ryukyu Islands in a chain which is more than 1000 kilometres long. the prefectures’ capital is Naha which is located in the southern part of the largest island of okinawa which is about half- way between Kyúshú and taiwan. okinawa is made up of 160 islands of various sizes that are scattered around a vast area of the ocean. the region is the only part of Japan that has a subtropical oceanic climate. okinawa is usually warm all year round. Its winter is similar to springtime in toyko or osaka with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. Many visitors to okinawa are often impressed with the region’s unique exoticism which is a mixture of local and other Asian cultures. In terms of business events, okinawa can host a range of conventions, whether it’s urban-style gatherings or resort-oriented meetings. okinawa is a gateway to East Asia and has been a centre for exchange between Japan and the rest of Asia for many years. Its location in this regard has meant that the okinawa Convention Centre has been well occupied for events for many years. the centre is made up of the Event Hall, theatre and Conference o 194 mice.net kinawa features a subtropical oceanic climate and is bountiful in coral reefs, primeval forests and an interesting Asian culture. As well as being home to a host of natural attractions, Hall. the Event Hall can cater for 4000 seated delegates and can be used for a range of events such as trade fairs, industrial exhibitions, major conventions and concerts. the theatre can seat a total 1841 guests and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment that can facilitate all kinds of theatrical arts for conferences. In okinawa there is a range of resort-style meeting spaces ideal for business groups including venues such as the bankoku Shinryokan. this venue is located on the scenic busena Cape and was used for the Kyushu-okinawa G8 summit in July 2000. the bankoku Shinryokan is made up of the Summit Hall and ocean Hall, which both have spectacular water views, a sunset lounge and a café terrace. the halls have simultaneous translation booths and internet, and is Japan’s only resort-style convention facility. Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau the okinawa Convention and Visitors bureau (oCVb) is a valuable first contact for meeting planners looking to organise events in okinawa. the bureau specalises in providing up-to-date information about convention facilities and accommodation for professional conference organisers. the oCVb can also help tailor pre and post- tour options as well as incentive programs. For more information go to www.ocvb.or.jp. ABOVE: Taketomi Island, Okinawa. Photo courtesy of Y.Shimizu and Japanese National Tourism Organization.