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BETTER TRAVEL

The road to Better Travel continues onto Tokyo with the seventh edition of WIT Japan & North Asia, a region that's seeing explosive growth in travel, fuelled by technology and changing customer behaviour and aspirations.

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About

WIT Japan & North Asia 2018 will celebrate Better Travel. It will take on what's new in the region and blend it with exciting and inspirational new ideas from around the world to create real insights you can act upon to get better at what you do in travel.

In pursuit of Better Travel, WIT Japan & North Asia 2018 will celebrate the five values of Openness, Diversity, Creativity, Love and Respect.

• Open minds, open world, open platforms.
• Diversity in workforce, diversity in humanity, diversity in experiences.
• Creativity in thought, creativity in marketing, products and services
• Building things with love, treating customers and staff with love
• Respect for communities and environment 

Better Technology. Better Experiences. Better Businesses. Better People. Better Travel.

Come join us create Better Travel in Tokyo in 2018.

 

Why attend

In October 2017, it saw a 21.5% increase in arrivals to 2,595,148 and the total number for 2017 was projected to reach 28.7 million, ahead of target.

The first disclosure of how many tourists are using private accommodation revealed that it accounted for 12% of total visitors. Singaporeans were the biggest users (40%) in October, followed by France (36%) and Indonesia (30%).

China remains the biggest influencer of travel trends in North Asia, from Seoul to Taipei as Chinese brands expand beyond their home markets, bringing a new wave of innovation.

What's happening in North Asia as new players enter travel, incumbents defend turf, low cost airlines spread their wings and traditional travel companies evolve their business models for the mobile age?

How are travel brands in Japan adapting their business models? How are destinations persuading travellers to explore beyond the usual tourist hotspots?


The Westin, Tokyo
1 Chome-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8580, Japan

WIT delegates enjoy preferential rates at The West Tokyo between June 26 and July 2, 2018. 



For more information, visit the hotel website.

The Westin Tokyo welcomes you to the heart of the most metropolitan city in Japan. Located in the quiet upscale area of Yebisu, The Westin Tokyo is perfectly situated for both business and leisure travelers. With a standout location, 5-star amenities and services, the hotel proudly stands in the ranks of some of the best hotels in Tokyo. Just minutes away JR Ebisu Station, corporate offices, shopping, and entertainment options in Tokyo, the hotel holds one of the best locations in the city, making for a simple decision for those considering where to stay in Tokyo.
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PROGRAMME

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The WIT Bootcamp takes place on June 28 at Attic, 6F, Nagatacho GRID. 
Venue address: Japan,〒102-0093 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Hirakawacho, 2 Chome−5−3
Download the WIT Bootcamp programme here

 The Main Stage takes place on June 29 at Galaxy Ballroom, BF2, The Westin, Tokyo. 
 Venue address: 1 Chome-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8580, Japan
Download the Main Stage programme here.

Click the small arrow on the right to read more about each session.

 

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Thursday, 28 June 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 amChecking in
10:00 am - 10:10 amKick Off [More Info]
10:10 am - 10:30 amCoffee Chat: Masashi Takahashi, CEO & Co-founder, Voyagin [More Info]
10:30 am - 11:00 amChasing The Next Better Thing [More Info]
11:00 am - 11:10 amEye on China [More Info]
11:10 am - 11:20 amAn Insider's View on JTNO's Digital Marketing [More Info]
11:20 am - 11:40 amBreak
11:40 am - 11:50 amEye on Taiwan [More Info]
11:50 am - 12:30 pmRoom For Play & Places: Delivering Japanese Experiences [More Info]
12:30 pm - 12:50 pmRoom For Dreams in Private Accommodation [More Info]
12:50 pm - 1:00 pmInspire Action with Instagram, where journeys start [More Info]
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmCoffee Chat: Adam Brownstein, Regional Director, North Asia, Booking.com [More Info]
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmRuled By Passion, Powered By Tech, Part 1: Bobby Healy, Chief Technology Officer, CarTrawler, [More Info]
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmRuled by Passion, Powered by Tech, Part 2 [More Info]
3:00 pm - 3:50 pmWIT Japan & North Asia Startup Pitch, Part 1 (Powered by Amadeus) [More Info]
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmBlockchain & Crypto: What’s Going On? [More Info]
4:00 pm - 4:20 pmBreak
4:20 pm - 5:10 pmWIT Japan & North Asia Startup Pitch, Part 2 (Powered by Amadeus) [More Info]
5:10 pm - 5:40 pmCatching up with WIT Startup Winners Alumni [More Info]
5:40 pm - 5:50 pmAnnouncement of the finalists for the Grand Finals and Closing
6:30 pm - 8:30 pmCocktails [More Info]
 
Friday, 29 June 2018
7:45 am - 8:45 amChecking in & Coffee
8:45 am - 8:55 amOpening
8:55 am - 9:00 amKick Off [More Info]
9:00 am - 9:10 amSetting The Stage For Better Travel [More Info]
9:10 am - 9:20 amState of Japan's Travel Market [More Info]
9:20 am - 9:50 amFace Off [More Info]
9:50 am - 10:30 amBest of Both Worlds: An OTA Exchange [More Info]
10:30 am - 10:50 amThrough The Looking Glass, Part 1: Coffee Chat: Kotaro Chiba, Founder, Drone Fund [More Info]
10:50 am - 11:20 amCoffee Break (Sponsored by Tidesquare)
11:20 am - 11:30 amDigital Disruption: What’s Next? [More Info]
11:30 am - 12:00 pmBest of WIT Seoul [More Info]
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmClosing The Payments Loop [More Info]
12:30 pm - 12:40 pmUnderstanding the Japan Outbound Market [More Info]
12:40 pm - 1:00 pmCoffee Chat: Adam Weiss, Associate, 777 Ventures & Timothy O’Neil Dunne, Co-founder, Air Black Box [More Info]
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmUp In The Air [More Info]
2:30 pm - 2:50 pmThrough The Looking Glass, Part 2: Coffee Chat: Masako Wakamiya, Computer Programmer With A Difference [More Info]
2:50 pm - 3:00 pmChanging World of Hospitality, Part 1 [More Info]
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmChanging World Of Hospitality, Part 2 [More Info]
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmPrivate Accommodation & Alternative Spaces [More Info]
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmThrough The Looking Glass, Part 3: Lessons From Retail [More Info]
4:10 pm - 4:40 pmBreak
4:40 pm - 5:10 pmBetter Marketing: Getting The Edge in Content, Social and Data [More Info]
5:10 pm - 5:25 pmWIT Japan & North Asia Startup Pitch (Powered by Amadeus) [More Info]
5:25 pm - 6:00 pmThe New Battleground: Tours & Activities [More Info]
6:00 pm - 6:25 pmDelivering A Better Japan Experience [More Info]
6:25 pm - 6:35 pmClosing
6:35 pm - 8:30 pmClosing Cocktails (Hosted by ADARA)
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REGISTRATION

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Last Min Rate
(From Jun 20)

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Full Delegate

¥108,000

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Group Rate (4-7 pax)

¥90,000

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Table Rate (8 pax & more)

¥80,000

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Student

¥9,900

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Full Delegate

¥108,000

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¥90,000

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¥80,000

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STARTUP PITCH

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The winner will earn one place in Phocuswright's APAC Innovators of the Year programme at the Phocuswright Conference in Los Angeles (November 13-15). 

This will include access to a start-up day offering:

Curated content developed by its Innovation Advisory Board and Platform Partners
Access to a diverse network of advisors
Speed networking events
Access to its network of Innovation partner events
Two companies from Phocuswright's programme will be selected to participate at the Phocuswright Summit.

The WIT Startup Pitch is powered by:



HOW TO ENTER
To book your “5 Minutes of Fame”, email your submissions to Vera (vera.lye@webintravel.com) by April 15 and tell us (in up to 300 words) why you deserve this slot.

Basic Info:
Name of Company:
Type of Service:
URL:
Company address:
Founding date:
Company contact
About your business:

Describe your business' core products and services in one paragraph
Competitive landscape
What problem are you trying to solve?
What is the market opportunity?
What is one unique selling proposition of your business?
Introduce your team members

 

 

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WIT HALL OF FAME

Congratulations to our eight inductess who have all dare, dreamt and done

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