Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



APU Student claims Top Prize in Essay Competition


Jan 8, 2010

On Saturday, December 5, 2009, APU student SUZUKI Tamao (APS3, Japan), was awarded the "Japan Institute of Tourism Research Chairman's Prize" – the top prize at the "2nd University Students Essay Competition" hosted by the Japan Institute of Tourism Research Kyushu/Southern Korea Office. This competition was held at Kyushu Sangyo University. SUZUKI Tamao currently studies with the seminar group of APS Professor OKADA Toyokazu under the theme of "Tourism Development as a means to solve Regional Issues".
SUZUKI Tamao is currently studying at the APU Tourism & Hospitality Institute (THP*) and engaged in research of the regional promotion initiatives of her home town of Tomisato City, Chiba Prefecture, with the seminar group of APS Professor OKADA.

Ms. SUZUKI put together her essay after making good use of the long vacation to conduct on-site field studies and engage with members and representatives of the local community. Her research focused on the horse bloodstock – a traditional industry of Tomisato City – and the traditional event, the "horse chase". She was awarded for her proposal to hold PR events that raise the local community's awareness of traditional events and local business development.

Looking back on her award, Ms. SUZUKI spoke of her aspirations for the future, "My presentation was made possible through exchanging thoughts and opinions with my friends and a lot of practice. I hope to use this award as a stepping stone toward the realization of my regional revitalization PR event ideas."

*The Tourism & Hospitality Institute (THP) aims to provide a high level of education as it works to nurture the future world leaders and is one of the 5 specialist areas of the Crossover Advanced Program. Through a policy and strategy oriented style of education, it aims to be an outlet for human resources for the hospitality providing service industry.

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