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Kyoto Sees Jump In Event Attendees In 2010

Kyoto's official event figures for 2010 have been released and the numbers show that the recent worldwide recession has had minimal impact on the city.

Kyoto Convention Bureau recorded a 66% jump in total attendees and an increase of 35.8% in overseas attendees.

Kyoto Convention Bureau’s international marketing manager James Kent said: “The increase in number of attendees is very encouraging. In fact the average attendance at events has risen dramatically from 381 to 691 per event. Most exciting though for our team is the 36% increase in international business, which clearly demonstrates the impact our global marketing and promotional campaigns are having.”

Year                              2008           2010

Total Attendees      65,200        108,619

O/S Attendees         11,966        16,246

Kent continued: “We expect the number of meetings to remain low in Japan through 2011, due to the tragic tsunami and earthquake disaster. However, we are extremely delighted that the ISTH Council has unanimously decided that the Society's XXIII Congress and 57th Annual SSC meeting will proceed as planned in Kyoto, July 23-28, 2011. We welcome ISTH’s decision to proceed with their conference in Kyoto and thank them for this show of solidarity with the people of Japan.”

“Japan has been going through a tough time recently but we want to send out the message to the world that not all of Japan has been affected by the disaster and that the country is still open for business. We hope that ISTH’s conference will be able to carry that message and their attendees will help us retain positive growth figures for the future.”