Double joy as Tokyo secures two global conferences

TOKYO Convention and Visitors Bureau has triumphed in helping the Japanese capital win two bids for international conferences that are set to bring more than 8,000 people.

The 29th Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN2020) will take place March 16-20, 2020, while the World Confederation for Physical Therapy General Meeting and Congress is set for May 30-June 4, 2023, at Tokyo International Forum.

WorldMUN2020 is expected to attract more than 2,100 university students, including 2,000 foreign participants from more than 110 countries, to engage in debates modelled on committees of the United Nations.

The WCPT Congress in 2023 is expected to be one of confederation’s largest with over 6,000 delegates from over 120 countries, as the Japanese Physical Therapy Association (JPTA) is WCPT’s largest member organisation.

Deciding factors for Tokyo winning the WorldMUN2020 bid was the Harvard organising team’s recognition of Tokyo’s rich mixture of traditional and modern culture.

Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau (TCVB) used its considerable experience in this area to help the Tokyo Bid Committee prepare its bid proposal and presentation materials for WorldMUN 2020.

Promises from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to provide financial and service support for the convention were also significant factors in the decision.

Anirudh Suresh, secretary general of the Harvard World Model United Nations Secretariat, said: “We have chosen Tokyo because of the unique venues that present a mix of tradition and modernity and because of the financial and logistical support from the Tokyo government (TCVB) and the host team.”

In Geneva, where the choice of Tokyo was announced, the World Council for Physical Therapy Board, said it was impressed by the commitment and preparation shown by the JPTA in its congress bid as well as the opportunities presented by Tokyo.

TCVB said the conferences would also highlight Tokyo’s reputation as a convention city which can provide a safe, hospitable environment with modern infrastructure to the participants.

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