16 May 2019
09:00am - 13:00pm


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World Towns Leadership Summit 2019

IDA World Towns Leadership Summit Promo 2019


The World Towns Leadership Summit in Tokyo, Japan, May 13-16, 2019, will explore the role of place management organizations through the lens of regional growth, social change and creativity around the globe.

The 2019 Summit will focus on knowledge sharing in the areas of public spaces, community empowerment, innovation, and social changes driving regional growth. Placemaking professionals from 10+ countries are invited to share their experiences and challenges, and lend their expertise to the discussion while also experiencing study visits of key projects in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.


Preliminary Program

Click here to view the preliminary program.The program is subject to change.


Attend the Event


  • Regular Registration Rate: $350 until Friday, April 12, 2019 and an additional $90 for the excursion. The fee includes the conference, meals and reception.
  • Late Registration Rate: $420 until Friday, May 3, 2019 and an additional $110 for the excursion. The fee includes the conference, meals and reception.
  • Spouse / Guest Rate: $150 (includes receptions and excursion).


For further information or assistance, please email the IDA registration team at registration@downtown.org.



Post-Summit Excursion

There will be an excursion to Osaka on May 16, 2019 from Tokyo via the Shinkansen (bullet train). There is an additional fee for this excursion ($90 regular / $100 late). A Farewell Party will start at 6:00 pm after the excursion in Osaka.

Click here to view hotel and train information for Osaka. This document will be updated as more information is available. 

On May 17, 2019 there will be an excursion to Kyoto from Osaka. This will be a more informal gathering and visit in Kyoto from 10 am – 1 pm. The post-summit excursion fee covers this part of the trip as well. We will be inquiring with attendees at a later date as to who will be participating in the second part of the tour.



Click here to view hotel accommodation information.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received or postmarked by April 12, 2019 will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Cancellations received after April 12, 2019 will not be refunded.