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Japan's seemingly roofless tourism boom remains strong as the total number of inbound travellers grew by 8.7% in 2018 to reach a record high of 31.19 million, and they spent a total of US$41.3 billion. Hong Kong's fascination with Japan continues to grow as 2.2 million Hongkongers visited the country in 2018, making our city the fourth largest source of tourists. Visitor numbers to Hokkaido are soaring as well, as nature lovers are enticed by the region's beautiful scenery, world-class skiing and amazing farm and seafood produce. This trend has created business opportunities for tourism, retail and F&B related sectors.

To learn more about Hokkaido following the Chamber's seminar with on Hokkaido last year, the Chamber's Asia & Africa Committee will lead a business mission to the island from 3-7 June to meet local officials and businesses to get a first-hand perspective of how Hong Kong companies can tap into new opportunities in Hokkaido.

In addition to the prefecture's capital Sapporo, we will travel eastwards to relatively untapped tourism destinations, such as Furano, Akan, Sunagawa and Teshikaga. Land prices in these areas are still very affordable, and provide new, unspoilt destination options for developing new tourism facilities and packages. These regions are also renowned for their fresh local produce such as seasonal fruits, seafood, wine, leather and handicrafts that are popular among discerning visitors.

Places are limited so reserve your seat as soon as possible.

Tentative Itinerary:

Monday, 3 June 2019 (Hong Kong / Sapporo)
- Check in to Hotel

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 (Sapporo / Tomamu / Kushiro)
- Meeting with Hokkaido Government
- Meeting with Hokkaido Company
- Networking Lunch
- Visit Unkai (Sea of Clouds) Terrace (in Tomamu)
- Meeting with Local Municipality and Welcome Reception

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 (Akan / Teshikaga)
- Site Visit with Hokkaido Company
- Lunch (Farm Inn Restaurant)
- Site Visit Ski Slope & Hotel Candidate/ Meeting with Local Municipality
- Site Visit Hotel Candidate (Masyu Lake)
- Site Visit (Kussharo Lake)
- Welcome Reception in Kussharo

Thursday, 6 June 2019 (Teshikaga / Ikeda / Furano)
- Visit at Fish Market & Breakfast
- Visit Winery in Ikeda & Lunch
- Site Visit Food Processing Factory and Meeting with Local Municipality
- Welcome Reception

Friday, 7 June 2019 (Ashibetsu / Sunagwa)
- Site Visit in Ashibetsu
- Visit Leather Goods Manufacturer in Sunagawa
- Lunch (Farm Inn restaurant)
- Return to New Chitose Airport
- End of Mission

**Participation**
The participation fee for the mission is HK$3,800, (please note that the price may need to be adjusted based on hotel fees at the time of booking), inclusive of 4-night's hotel accommodation on 3, 4, 5 and 6 June (including breakfast), local transport, interpreters, and other related administrative expenses, but excludes air tickets. Members should arrange their own air tickets and check into the mission hotel on Monday 3 June.

Please note that this is a business mission and all participants will be required to wear business attire and attend all planned meetings and receptions as part of the delegation.

Date and Time 2019/06/03 to 2019/06/07
Venue Hokkaido, Japan
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Caleb Cheung
Tel: 28231297
Email: caleb@chamber.org.hk
Fee Members @ HK$3,800
Members Only
Notes
  1. The itinerary is tentative and may be subject to changes.
  2. The decision to accept or decline any booking shall be at the sole discretion of the Chamber. Please do not book your tickets before receiving confirmation of your participation from the Chamber.
  3. English / Japanese will be used during the mission and an interpreter will accompany the group.
  4. Participants are responsible for their visa application (if applicable), travel insurance and all other incidental expenses.
  5. Interested members please fill out the attached registration form and return to us together with a cheque made payable to “The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce” in the appropriate amount on or before 25 April 2019. Full payment of the participation fee is required to confirm your booking and no place will be reserved without full payment. Participation fee is non-refundable unless the mission is cancelled by the organizer.
  6. Participants agree to indemnify the Chamber and the hosting party all liabilities for property damage, physical injury or death in relation to this event.