Tokyo marine fair showcases Pacific destinations

The Marine Diving Fair is the largest trade show of its kind in Asia that showcases marine activities and ocean cruises and voyages including island destinations.

Visitors thronged the PIC booth at the fair in Tokyo.

The Pacific Island Centre (PIC) Tokyo based office of Pacific Trade Invest has been participating in the show every year.

This year the Marine Diving Fair 2018 (sponsored by the Marine Art Center Co., Ltd.) was held in Ikebukuro from April 6 to 8, where PIC participated with a stand displaying and answering questions about Pacific Island destinations and adventure activities.

Across the three days some 50,598 people visited the show.

One of popular talking points this year was the display of Fiji Airways, which will restart direct flights between Narita and Nadi this coming July after 9 years.

At the Destination Seminar on the first day, Reiko Takada, PIC Tokyo’s Promotion Coordinator, introduced local Pacific Island foods to taste as well as special products like souvenirs from the islands. The attractiveness of the Cook Islands was introduced with the cooperation of the Cook Islands Tourism Bureau.

Visitors to the PIC booth were introduced to tourist attractions in all the 14 Pacific Island countries.

“Many inquiries were about Tonga where tourists can swim along with whales. The Cook Islands, too, generated interest in Aitutaki. Also, visitors were interested in Nauru, of which tourist guidebook was revised by PIC Tokyo last year,” Ms Takada said.

Following from last year, PIC Tokyo ran a quiz about Pacific Island countries and organised a lottery machine. It was being well received with prizes such as premium handicrafts from the island countries.

Gorgeous dances by Hula Girls of the Spa Resort Hawaiians, which PIC Tokyo organised, were performed at the special stage in the exhibition hall and drew many visitors’ attention. These Hula Girls will be the Goodwill Ambassadors at the Eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8) to be held in Iwaki next month.

For more information email Pacific Islands Centre’s Promotional Coordinator Reiko Takada at rtakada@pic.or.jp

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