On Thursday November 10, The Asia Society of Southern California (in partnership with the Consulate-General of Japan) presented “Japan Rising: The Future of the Worldâ€™s Third Largest Economic Power” at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
The full-day conference focused on how the country of Japan is recovering eight months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.Â The event highlights included panel discussions focusing on the economic and political future of the country, and Japanâ€™s global influence in the areas of innovation, energy, technology, fashion, film, food and popular culture.
Prominent regional and international speakers, included Thomas E. McLain, Chairman, Asia Society Southern California, Thomas Iino, Chairman, U.S.-Japan Council, Tracey Doi, Group VP and Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, Glen S. Fukushima, Chairman and Director, Airbus Japan, Erwin Furukawa, SVP of Customer Service, Southern California Edison, and Cathy Berg, Regional VP, American Airlines.
As Japan continues to make a steady recovery, American Airlines and the Japan National Tourism Organization are sharing some useful travel tips and the latest and greatest offers to customers flying to Japan this fall and winter. Together, American and the JNTO are highlighting Japanâ€™s unique appeal and reminding customers of the numerous trans-Pacific flight options offered by American and its oneworld partner Japan Airlines (JAL).
Currently offering convenient travel options to Japan from New York, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and San Francisco, beginning in spring 2012, service from Boston to Tokyo will also be available.
In addition, American Airlines is expanding the benefits of its agreement with JAL by offering customers opportunities to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles when flying on JAL from North America to Tokyo and beyond. (Details below).
Earlier this year, The Japan Tourism Agency proposed giving away 10,000 free flights to Japan in 2012 as part of efforts to revive the tourism industry. It is still under examination for government budgetary approval and is at this moment undecided. If the initiative is confirmed and put into operation, Japan Tourism Agency will officially announce details on Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) websites worldwide.
To remind customers of how accessible Japan is and everything the country has to offer, American Airlines has teamed up with the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) to share travel tips and highlight deals for travelers visiting Japan this fall and winter.
Preparing for travel to Japan:
- Customers can visit AA.com/Tokyo to find dining, shopping, events and attractions information â€“ courtesy of Frommerâ€™s Unlimited â€“ or explore the new â€œTravel Tipsâ€ tab on Americanâ€™s Facebook page. JNTOâ€™s website also has useful information and recommendations.
- On flights to Japan, American Airlines offers customers the option to request a traditional Japanese meal by calling 1-800-433-7300 24 hours in advance.
While in Japan
- Food enthusiasts will be excited to know that, according to the 2012 Michelin Guide, Japan has been named the country with the most restaurants that have three Michelin stars.
- Visitors who want to explore the region can take advantage of free local tours guided in English and other languages by JNTO-registered Systematized Goodwill Guides.
- Travelers can also find a surprising urban oasis in the city center at the Imperial Palace East Garden; visit the Meiji-Jingu Shinto Shrine, which offers a serene, wooded environment; enjoy a view from Mt. Takao; or try one of Japanâ€™s onsens (hot springs).
- From Feb. 6-12, the Sapporo Snow Festival attracts more than 2 million people every year, boasting hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures.
Travel Offers to Japan and Beyond
During the off-peak season between Oct. 1 and April 30, round-trip AAdvantageÂ® MileSAAverÂ® award tickets for travel in Economy Class on American Airlines between North America and Japan can be redeemed for as few as 50,000 miles.Â American Airlines VacationsSM also has several flight and hotel package deals available to destinations such as Tokyo and Osaka.
Current offers require customers to book by Nov. 20 and travel by Dec. 11, 2011. Visit AAVacations.com/deals/Asia-Japan for full details. Terms and conditions apply.
Several AAdvantage promotions for travel on JAL are available throughout the year that include earning double mileage points or more.Â For more information about these promotions, including the terms and conditions, please visit AA.com/offers.
â€œWe hope many travelers visit Japan and discover a Japan they didnâ€™t know before,â€ said Yuki Tanaka, Executive Director of the Japan National Tourism Organization in New York.
â€œJapan is a wonderful country to visit, with rich culture and friendly people,â€ said Cathy Berg, American’s Vice President Sales â€“ Western Division. â€œWhether you’ve been saving your AAdvantage miles for a memorable experience or are looking for vacation packages with a free night at a hotel and discounts, now is a good time to visit Japan â€“ and American can get you there conveniently.â€
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnectionÂ® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. Americanâ€™s award-winning website, AA.comÂ®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworldÂ® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 10,000 daily flights to 149 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).
About the AAdvantageÂ® Program
The AAdvantage program was the first frequent flyer program, and was established in 1981. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the AAdvantage program, which now has more than 67 million members worldwide. Members can earn miles at more than 1,000 participating companies, which include 27 hotel chains representing more than 60 brands, more than 20 airlines, eight car-rental companies, 11 financial companies, and over 500 brand name retailers.Â In addition, members can earn miles when making purchases with one of more than 100 affinity card products in over 40 countries. In 2010, AAdvantage members redeemed more than 165 billion miles to claim just fewer than 7.2 million awards for flights, upgrades and car rentals. For more information and a listing of AAdvantage program participating companies, visit www.aa.com/aadvantage.
About the Japan National Tourism Organization
The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is an independent administrative corporation which, in cooperation with the government’s Japan Tourism Agency, is dedicated to promoting and supporting inbound tourism to Japan.
The Japan National Tourism Organization maintains 13 offices around the world. Tasked with promoting Japan tourism in the United States and South America are the New York City and Los Angeles offices of JNTO. The offices of JNTO pride themselves on working closely with both international and domestic travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, vendors and other travel professionals to promote Japan as a top international travel destination.
JNTO, along with the support of the Japan Tourism Agency, assists all brands of media in the United States, Central and South America with informational support, resource gathering and media trip planning. As well, JNTO offices provide travel assistance in the form of brochures and email/phone help to anyone interesting in traveling to Japan. The Japan National Tourism Organization maintains various websites including: the JNTO American website www.japantravelinfo.com and the JNTO International website www.jnto.go.jp.
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