BestCities Global Alliance: Tokyo Global Foru...
BestCities Global Alliance

Tokyo Global Forum 2017: Building Global Connections Across Cultures

Foto: Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

BestCities Global Alliance is set to champion inclusivity and multi-culturalism within the business tourism industry and beyond, following the announcement Building Global Connections Across Cultures will be the core theme underlying this year’s BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo from 4 to 7 December.The second BestCities Global Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB). The programme includes education sessions, practical workshops, case studies and interactive breakouts challenges. Influential speakers will include “accidental executive” and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver Rick Antonson and global leadership and cultural intelligence expert, Miriam van der Horst, owner of Learning 360. With preparations quickly progressing towards 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prof. Hiroo Ichikawa Executive Director of The Mori Memorial Foundation, will also be discussing the strengths and opportunities of Tokyo in the next decade. The Global Forum offers a stimulating learning environment for international association event organisers, to gain a deeper understanding, not only of ways to collaborate more effectively, but how to build professional relationships across cultures and develop effective leadership skills in a global context. While the majority of the sessions take place in the luxurious Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, host TCVB is also planning a diverse programme to immerse participants in Japan’s heritage and culture. As example of collaboration across cultures, the Global Forum also allows delegates to gain an in-depth knowledge of 12 meeting destinations under one roof, with City Café meetings and social networking with all 12 of BestCities’ partners: Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver. “Tokyo is delighted to host the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo this December. Through hosting the Forum, we would like our clients to find out what Tokyo has to offer as a meetings destination, and not only a tourism destination”, said Kazuko Toda, Director from Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Also, through the learnings of the Forum, we hope to motivate and give confidence to clients who have not had the opportunity to hold their event in Tokyo or any of the new BestCities destinations to consider us for their next meeting.“ (wün)