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The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau and SFO Announces New Representation in Japan

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with San Francisco International Airport, has announced the appointment of The Contact Inc. in Japan to promote San Francisco as the preferred U.S. destination and San Francisco International Airport as the preferred gateway into San Francisco, California, and the western region.

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August 31, 2009 — The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB), in partnership with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), has announced the appointment of The Contact Inc. in Japan to promote San Francisco as the preferred U.S. destination and San Francisco International Airport as the preferred gateway into San Francisco, California, and the western region.

“We enthusiastically look forward to a long and successful partnership with The Contact Inc. as we work together to increase the already-strong ties between Japan and San Francisco,” said John. L. Martin, director of San Francisco International Airport. SFO currently has 42 weekly flights between Japan and San Francisco.

"San Francisco continues to be a favorite destination for Japanese travelers, both for its iconic beauty as well as its dynamic art and culture and unlimited dining and retail experiences,” said Deborah Reinow, vice president of tourism for the SFCVB. “Through our new relationship with The Contact Inc., we look forward to sharing ‘Only in San Francisco’ events, developments and promotions with the Japanese market.”

The Contact Inc., based in Tokyo, will work closely with airlines, travel trade, and press to promote the facilities at SFO and San Francisco’s iconic attractions that make the city a compelling destination for all visitors, including leisure, business travel, and convention.

In 2008, San Francisco welcomed nearly 200,000 Japanese visitors. Currently, four airlines offer direct service into SFO; these include All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

The Contact Inc., founded by Minako Yamazaki, is a well-established company which handles representation services of overseas tourism and tourism related companies.

The Contact Inc.
CJ Building. 5F, 2-7-4 Nishi-Shimbashi Minato-ku Tokyo 105-0003
Tel: 03-5251-8670
Contact: Minako Yamazaki, [email protected]tact.co.jp

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