This year, Imabari District Tourism Association has introduced Instagram as a new category in their popular annual photo contest. Photos taken by contestants are used to promote Imabari tourism, appearing on websites, in pamphlets, and on a calendar.
Jan 31 deadline for submissions
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As the most comprehensive site for both information and tours of Shikoku, Shikoku Tours, the site managed by Knowledge Travel Partners, is an obvious choice for local companies to advertise and increase their inbound potential.
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Rod Walters of Knowledge Travel Partners is a Sake Sommelier and Educator accredited by the Sake Sommelier Association. In this role he’s conducted courses for people from around the world about sake. This has included classroom lessons in a catering school, and visits to sake breweries during brewing season. Rod has forged links with many breweries in Shikoku and can lead enjoyable educational tours of these fascinating and highly individualistic workplaces. Continue reading “Sake sommelier and educator”
Since last year, Knowledge Travel Partners has been working with Kirk Patterson on a plan for a cruise tour for foreign visitors using a chartered catamaran. In the middle of March, the first tour took place. As a Sake Sommelier and Educator, Rod Walters lead part of the tour in Hōjō, Matsuyama. Continue reading “Charter Yacht Cruise”
In 2016, Knowledge Travel Partners conducted a seminar on writing and photography for foreign tourism reporters, in Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu. The seminar was part of a project run by the Shikoku Transport and Tourism Bureau.
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In January, Knowledge Travel Partners participated as a consultant in the project by the Ehime Ryokan Association to develop a new menu that will appeal to foreign visitors. A tasting event was held in March. The chefs of ryokan hotels from all over Ehime gathered at a catering school in Matsuyama to prepare the new menus developed with advice from Natora. Continue reading “New menu tasting event”
Study meetings to develop a menu suitable for foreign visitors to Ehime were held on Jan 12 in Dōgo and Jan 15 in Uwajima. It was held by the Ehime Ryokan Association for managers and chefs.
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Matsuyama City and JTB are currently running a project to brand Matsuyama as a city of haiku. Rod Walters of Knowledge Travel Partners is providing various consulting and coordination services to JTB.
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On December 10, a model tour was held by Ehime Prefecture and Matsuyama City government, in cooperation with the Ehime International Tourism Support NPO operated by Knowledge Travel Partners. The NPO planned and implemented the tour for foreign nationals, focusing on the history and culture of the Kōno Clan who were based in Hōjō. Natora’s Rod Walters served as guide and interpreter.
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Recently, the Nishi-Awa Tourism Area issued a request for proposals for a new English-language website. The RFP specified a website with a focus on story-telling to appeal to independent travelers.
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