Input Session on 11 March 2018

Speaker:Mr. Ken Makizawa, Kyoto City, Industry and Tourism

Title:Tourism in Kyoto: Current Situation and Our Efforts

Abstract: Tourism in Kyoto and our efforts are explained from a general perspective. First of all, we will let you know the recent development of tourism policies in Kyoto (Quality over quantity and quantity is supported by quality improvement) and explain our policy on the present tourism promotion plan, our target, and so on.
We understand that tourism performance (the number of tourists, the number of lodgers, and consumption expenditures) in Kyoto is in good shape from a data point of view, meanwhile, the rapid increase of the number of foreign tourists and eventual saturation of domestic tourists may be foreseen. Thus, we will mention both strengths and challenges of tourism in Kyoto.
Finally, we explain a way of thinking about tourism policy in Kyoto City by showing some examples such as initiatives of accommodations, deconcentration of tourists, life improvement of Kyoto citizens by economic impacts on tourism, traditional industries, and initiatives to promote small and medium enterprises for our actions to addressed challenges.

(This presentation will be done in Japanese)

Speaker: Mr. Keisuke Inoue, Kyoto City, General Planning

Title:Efforts on Open Data in Kyoto

Abstract: Kyoto City has launched the open data portal site since November 2016 and since then we have been working in promoting to utilize data. I will introduce tourism-related data and other key data, which are released on our portal site, as well as examples of data utilization so far so that participants of this workshop will be able to analyze and examine. At the same time, I will briefly explain convenient functions (preview function, LOD, API etc.) of our open data portal site.

(This presentation will be done in Japanese)

Speaker: Ms. Junko Yoshida, UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific

Title:Roles and Activities of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Abstract: It is predicted that the number of tourists in the world reached 1.3 billion in 2017 and 1.8 billion by 2030. Tourism is expected to create positive economic effects, however, negative effects such as over tourism have also been discussed in recent years. So I will introduce the role of UNWTO and sustainable tourism promoted by UNWTO.

(This presentation will be done in Japanese)

Concluding Session on 13 March 2018

Plenary Talks

Speaker: Mr. Seitaro Tanimichi(National Statistics Center)

Title:Towards Promoting Utilization of Statistics and Data

Abstract: Statistics Bureau of Japan, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications/National Statistics Center generate and disseminate fundamental statistics and data for official statistics of our Japanese government and promote to utilize statistics and data. From April 2018, we will launch “Center for Utilization of Statistics and Data”, which is a center for the operation in Wakayama Prefecture. In this talk, I would like to introduce several activities to utilize data an statistics at the present when an attention to the importance of statistics and data is increasing.

(This presentation will be done in Japanese. Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided.)

Speaker: Ms. Ariana Luquin Sanchez (Deputy Manager, UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific)

Title:2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development: Overview and Legacy

Abstract: In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly and its member states approved the designation of 2017 as the Year of International Sustainable Tourism for Development after recognizing the role of tourism in development and its contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The International Year presented an opportunity for everyone in the tourism sector and all related industries to delve into the sector’s potential to help make the world a better place. This presentation will provide highlights of UNWTO’s led initiatives, events and activities conducted throughout the International Year including the Travel.Enjoy.Respect campaign, and the designation of 12 Special Ambassadors. It will also share a snapshot of legacies and ongoing efforts such as the “Chengdu Declaration and the Sustainable Goals” and the MST (Measuring Sustainable Tourism) Framework, among others.


Speaker: Mr. Yasuto Kawarabayashi (Vice Commissioner, Japan Tourism Agency, MLIT)

Title:Japanese Efforts on the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and Our Future Visions

Abstract: Last year 2017 was the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development approved by United Nations in 2015. We Japan Tourism Agency organized several events related to “Sustainable Tourism for Development” in several Japanese sites. In this talk, I will mention what we did and obtained and what we discovered and achieved based on a concept of “Sustainable Tourism for Development” during the international year in 2017. Finally, we would like to address our legacies which we can hand over the next generation and mention several strategic challenges to establish tourism in Japan.

(This presentation will be done in Japanese. Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided.)

Speaker: Mr. Volker Genetzky (Deputy Head of Division “Development of digital technologies”, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy)

Title:Digital Technologies – Smart Data


Abstract: The Economics Ministry would like to present its own activities in the field of digital technologies and also report on other projects with a focus on mobility. It should be a starting point for the exchange of experience about programms of both the ministries of Germany and Japan. In the German delegation, representatives of the German medium-sized company travelbasys will be in charge of the project “iTESA” funded by the BMWi with a focus on “Smart Data – Innovations from data”. A short presentation of itesa project (travelbasys) is included in the presentation.
Cooperation possibilities between Germany and Japan in general and with respect to itesa will be discussed. With ITESA an automatic alarm system is set up, warns the travelers in real time against travel risks. Looking at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, we would like to help the SMEs to develop contacts in Japan to exchange experiences or for the formation of partnerships. For further information two publications with an overview about our department in the ministry and about our programm smart data, where the description of transportation systems and logistics is included, are given.

Panel discussion

The topics of this panel discussion are lessons and outcomes obtained from 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, probable activities towards our future, and important roles of data and statistics to support our social design.

(Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation)

  • Panelist: Mr. Seitaro Tanimichi(National Statistics Center)
  • Panelist: Ms. Ariana Luquin Sanchez (UNWTO)
  • Panelist: Mr. Yasuto Kawarabayashi (Japan Tourism Agency, MLIT)
  • Panelist: Mr. Volker Genetzky (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy)
  • Panelist: Dr. Hidekazu Kasahara (Kyoto University)
  • Moderator: Dr. Aki-Hiro Sato (Kyoto University)