Hokkaido Executive Committee decides to re-bid for ATWS in 2023

Mayor Ebina talks about his expectations for experience-based tourism, at the ATWS Hokkaido Executive Committee General Meeting

The general meeting of The Hokkaido Executive Committee of the ‘Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS)’, an international event for experienced-based tourism, was held online on September 6th. The executive committee decided to re-bid to host ATWS in 2023, at the earliest. “We want to unite and move forward,” emphasized Ebina Hiroya, vice-chair of the executive committee and Mayor of Kushiro City.

In response to the spread of COVID-19 infections, Asia’s first ATWS will be held online from September 20 to 24. The event is scheduled to introduce Kushiro’s experience-based tourism, through business meetings, lectures and the like, with approximately 800 people from travel companies, mainly from Europe, the United States and Australia, taking part.

At the general meeting, Hokkaido governor and chair of the executive committee, Suzuki Naomichi proposed to re-bid to host the event in order to attract tourists to Hokkaido from countries around the world. Kushiro’s Mayor Ebina and Sapporo’s Mayor Akimoto Katsuhiro endorsed the proposal, which was passed unanimously.

Mayor Ebina hopes that “By re-bidding, we can invite people to actually visit the shores of Lake Akan, where they have been engaged in advanced experience-based tourism.”