Japan is undergoing a tourism boom. Over the last five years, the number of foreign tourists visiting the Kansai area has increased dramatically due to the expansion of airline routes. Hotel investment and development projects have increased in well-known cities like Osaka, but also in neighboring towns like Sakai, Nara and Shirahama, each offering its own unique features. However, there is still a huge shortage of hotel rooms with demand far exceeding supply.
The Chamber organized an investment seminar on hotel and tourism opportunities in the Kansai region in September this year, and last year on the wider tourism industry in Japan. Some members have capitalized on those meetings. This mission will be the next step to help members get a first-hand perspective on how Hong Kong companies can capitalize on this trend.
On this mission, members will meet with local authorities, and visit some sites that are looking to attract Hong Kong investors and developers. In addition to Osaka, we will visit Sakai, Nara and Wakayama, where land prices are still very affordable, and provide feasible entry points into the Japanese tourism market.
Tentative itinerary (subject to change)
Sunday, 21 Jan 2018
-Check in Hotel
Monday , 22 Jan 2018
-Meeting with Osaka City Government Officials
-Inspection tour of the Umekita Area
-Meeting with property developers
-Networking session with property developers, local government officials, JETRO
-Meeting with Sakai City Government Officials
-Inspection tour of Sakai City
Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018
-Travel to Nara Prefecture
-Meeting with Nara Prefecture Government Officials
-Inspection tour of Nara City
-Travel to Wakayama Prefecture
-Welcome reception by Wakayama Prefecture
Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018
-Inspection tour of Wakayama City
-Visit local industries in Wakayama
15:00 Travel to Kansai Airport (around 1 hour)
The mission is for HKGCC members only, and the participation fee is HK$4,800, inclusive of 3-night's hotel accommodation on 21, 22, 23 Jan (including breakfast), local transport, interpreters, and other related administrative expenses, but excludes air tickets. Members should make their own flight arrangements (after receiving confirmation of their participation) with their preferred airline and arrive in Osaka on Sunday 21 January if not before.