Japan Forum visits the capital to say thank you for Japanese visitors

In October this year, sixty key decision makers from London-based Japanese tour operators were invited to come along to One Moorgate Place, a beautiful and historic venue in the heart of London, to enjoy an evening dedicated to highlighting the very best of the Lake District. For many Lake District tourism businesses, Japan is still the number one market for overseas visitors and this was an opportunity to say a big 'thank you' to the operators who co-ordinate many of the group and FIT trips from Japan. During the day, there was an oportunity for delegates to find out more about key events for 2016. A new video to showcase the many attractions on offer was shown and an introduction from the Lake District Japan Forum Chairman, Colin Fox, was followed by an address by Susan Bolsover, Head of Licensing at Penguin Random House, updating all on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter and the events which were planned to celebrate this anniversary.

Jennifer Cormack from the Japan Forum, who organised the event, said: 'It was an excellent opportunity to take the time to thank the hard-working people in the London offices who send so many Japanese visitors to us in the Lake District. We have a fantastic relationship with the Japanese travel trade and continue to see impressive numbers of guests from the country. By holding events such as this London reception we continue to be one of the top destinations in the UK outside London.'

The event was attended by English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Rydal Mount, Mountain Goat, Lindeth Howe Hotel, National Trust, Grasmere Gingerbread, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and Cumbria Tourism. Associate Members of the Forum also exhibiting were Linthwaite House Hotel, Dove Cottage & Wordsworth Museum, Brockhole: The Lake District Visitor Centre, The Lakes Distillery, Ullswater Steamers and Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

Monday 7th of December 2015

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