I attended many conventions, forums and symposiums around the world. The facilities in all the gatherings I been to were all modern and breathtaking.
When I heard that the 99th Lions Clubs International Convention will be held in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan; I was thinking why there and why not in other Japanese cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Kobe or Nagoya
Kumamoto, a city that's a little over 100 kilometers away from Fukuoka suffered a series of powerful earthquakes that's as high as magnitude 7 last April of this year.
Arriving in Fukuoka International Airport, didn't change my perception of Fukuoka. The international terminal of the international gateway of Fukuoka wasn't as state of art compared to other modern cities of the world.
The next day, we went to the Fukuoka International Congress Center, my idea of Fukuoka suddenly changed. Together with the Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome, the Marine Messe Fukuoka, Fukuoka Kokusai Center and the Fukuoka Sun Palace and Hall; the Fukuoka International Congress Center or FICC said a lot about Fukuoka as one of Japan's conference centers and tourism hubs.
The FICC, together with its three adjoining halls or chambers; the meeting facilities were so massive and expansive enough to accommodate the around 35,000 Lion members from all of Japan and the whole world.
The plenary sessions were held at Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome. The convention support, convention secretariat and bazaar was positioned at the Fukuoka Marine Messe. The seminars and symposiums were hosted by the Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel and Hall as well as the Fukuoka International Congress Center. The registration center was at the FICC.
Transportation from and to the FICC was easy. The bus terminus between the FICC and the Marine Messe is so huge. Busses from the different part of Fukuoka ends there.
The FICC is located in some of the city's main thoroughfares thus hailing a taxi is effortless. The main queuing area for taxi cabs can be found at the main entrance of the FICC.
The whole convention complex is a free wifi zone. It is also equipped with translation Restaurant outlets are seen at the FICC and Marine Messe.
Location-wise, the Fukuoka International Congress Center is situated on the scenic and vibrant waterfront of Hakata Bay near the heart of a dynamic, walkable downtown Fukuoka surrounded by a large selection of accommodation or lodging at the Tenjin, Hakata and Chuo wards of Fukuoka. The Hakata Port Tower which is an observation channel and berthing wharfs for cruise ships of the Port of Hakata are sights around the Fukuoka Convention Center Complex.
Fukuoka and its convention and meeting are truly world class. I am extremely happy to attend our annual gathering of Lions members in Fukuoka and enjoy its rich culture and attend seminars and conferences in its world standard facilities.
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