September 20, 2018 officially marks 1 Year to Go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2019™. STH Japan are the exclusive Official Hospitality providers and are bringing sports hospitality to Japan for the first time. STH Japan have received a very positive response from the market and sales to date are exceeding expectations.

STH Japan have unveiled an innovative range of experiences for this tournament. Five official hospitality options will be available for fans and every package will include the best-available match ticket and high quality hospitality experience combining a blend of western influences and traditional Japanese 'omotenashi', or welcome.

There has been huge interest from both international and Japanese markets, especially for the Japan matches which are almost sold out. STH Japan have designed a temporary structure capable of hosting 1,300 guests within which will be delivered the very best of Rugby World Cup hospitality. This facility will be named the Webb Ellis Pavilion. Within the Webb Ellis Pavilion, STH Japan have created 30 private suites adjacent to International Stadium Yokohama and these have already sold out. This facility also houses a vibrant shared dining space which has also been a popular choice.

STH Japan still have hospitality packages available for every match. This is a great opportunity for Japanese companies to enjoy with their client's world class hospitality whilst witnessing the unique atmosphere of Rugby World Cup 2019. Further details can be found at www.sthjapan.com.

Japan has proven to be a popular destination to visit with 30% of hospitality purchasers coming from 39 differing countries promising a truly international atmosphere in 2019. With only one team left to be confirmed in the final line up for Rugby World Cup 2019, the tournament is on track to be one of the most successful World Cups to date.

World Rugby CHIEF Executive Officer Brett Gosper said: "Rugby World Cup 2019 is on track to be a very special and game-changing event. In addition to exceptional ticketing demand, the official supporter tour and hospitality offering is exceeding all expectations and underscoring our belief that Japan is the place to be in 2019."

Simon Jefford, STH Japan CEO said: "This is an incredibly exciting time and important milestone for STH Japan in the lead up to the 2019 tournament. We are very proud of having the opportunity to introduce the concept of sports hospitality to Japan and of course provide a unique Rugby World Cup hospitality experience in Asia for visiting international guests."


About STH Japan:

Set up as a Joint Venture between JTB Corporation and Sports Travel & Hospitality Group, STH Japan is a business that designs, promotes and operates premium spectator experiences at major sports events in Japan. STH Japan is currently the exclusive, global hospitality provider for Rugby World Cup 2019, the first Rugby World Cup in Asia.

Sports Hospitality is a new spectator experience in Japan but is very well-established in Europe and North America. Hospitality consists of fine meals, celebrity guest speakers and entertainment and includes the best available match tickets. Hospitality is a unique and prestigious way to experience major sporting events and is used extensively by businesses in the West to build relationships with important clients and colleagues.

Previously, STH Group has operated the global hospitality programme for notable sporting events including; IAAF World Championships 2017, UCI Track Cycling World Championships, London 2012 Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup 2007, 2011 and 2015.

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