Abta received 131 registrations for next year’s Travel Convention in Tokyo, 85 of which were within 48 hours of the venue being announced.

The association had been advised of interest by email from a further 16 as demand for the 2019 event in Japan takes off.

The venue for next October’s event was unveiled at the end of the final day of this year’s convention in Seville on Wednesday.

The 2019 convention coincides with the Rugby World Cup being staged in Japan, with many delegates expected to also take the opportunity to make pre- and post-tours of the country.

The Japan National Tourism Organisation was part of a bidding committee including All Nippon Airways, The Prince Hotels & Resorts Group and Japan Association of Travel Agents, who won the bid to host the 2019 event against competition with other destinations.

The convention will take place on October 7-9 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo and is expected to attract around 500 members.

A Jnto spokesman said: “Known for its world class public transport and neon-lit streets, Tokyo will also play host to the Rugby World Cup 209 and the Tokyo Olympics 2020, forming the foundation of the British Council’s Japan/Uk Season of Culture campaign.

“Attendees will be given the opportunity to experience Japanese history, culture, Cuisine and the great outdoors as they explore beyond the capital to experience a less well travelled side of Japan.”

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “We expect demand for Tokyo to be very high, and for this reason we have set up a pre-registration facility to enable delegates to reserve a registration at the 2018 Early Bird fee rate, and to have access to a two week priority booking period when ANA flights open.

“This will be particularly relevant to those who are intending to take parties or groups, or who are thinking of planning an extended itinerary which will take in other parts of Japan, before or after the convention.”