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February 2017

Demonstration Experiment Utilizing ICT for Tourism Now Underway: Browsing "Kyo Machi Aruki Map (Kyoto Walking Map)"

A one-year demonstration experiment utilizing ICT for tourism began from February 20th, 2017 in order to examine the ICT systems as a sightseeing guide. Users can see their location in the city by scanning the QR code using their smartphone on the "Kyo Machi Aruki Map (Kyoto Walking Map)" and at 264 tourist information signs on the street. The city expects further development of providing convenience for tourists visiting Kyoto City.

*Scanning service at the street signs will start from March 17th.

[Contact] Kyoto City MICE Promotion Section: Tel: 075-746-2255

Foreign Friendly TAXI App (Japan Taxi) Put into Operation and Taxi Service Officially Launched

Kyoto City has been conducting a demonstration experiment of the Foreign Friendly TAXI at Kyoto Station since March 2016. Based on the results, the city will launch the Foreign Friendly TAXI service officially from April 1st, 2017. From March 1st, it has become possible to choose the "Foreign Friendly TAXI" from a taxi service App, "Japan Taxi."

After this improvement, passengers will be able to choose the Foreign Friendly TAXI from other locations beside Kyoto Station which will improve the convenience for international visitors. The city will continue to make effort to provide better services for visitors to Kyoto.

*Japan Taxi: the first App in Japan which enables customers to order a taxi through an App. Approx. 44,000 taxies are registered and the App marks 2,800,000 downloads. Receiving approx. 280,000 taxi orders a month. The most frequently used taxi App in Japan.

[Contact] Kyoto City MICE Promotion Section: Tel: 075-746-2255

Kyoto Selected as one of the "World's 20 Most Romantic Cities 2017" by "Forbes"

Kyoto has been selected as one of the "World's 20 Most Romantic Cities 2017" by "Forbes," one of the most highly recognized business magazines. The selection was based on the fact that Kyoto has been featured several times in other influential international travel magazines in categories of "Travel," "Gourmet" and "Romance."

[Contact] Kyoto City MICE Promotion Section: Tel: 075-746-2255

Time-required for an Ambulance Arriving on Site Greatly Shortened

It was revealed that in 2016, the average time-required for an ambulance to arrive at site (from the time when an emergency call is received) was 6 minutes and 19 seconds. This is the record time over the past decade.

This announcement is noteworthy considering the fact that the demand for ambulances has been increasing year by year. A detailed examination of the relevant information, efficient raising number of the fire department staff members, and an up-to-date command system have all assisted the ambulance service to achieve keeping to around the 6-minute mark in arriving on site for two years in a row.

[Contact] Kyoto City Fire Department General Section: Tel: 075-212-6629

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