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The Portopia Exposition 1981 ushered in a new era for Kobe City to transform into one of Japan's foremost convention cities, offering various services to a variety of international conventions. With the full support from companies and business organizations in and around the city, the Kobe Convention Bureau has mobilized its accumulated track records and experiences to launch Meet in Kobe, a services package campaign full of various fascinations to be enjoyed by convention organizers and participants. When you are looking for the best site for your convention, never fail to contact us, please.

Eligibility for "Meet in Kobe"

Conventions are categorized as either type "A" or "B" based on five criteria below.
The services provided vary according to whether only 2 or all 5of these convention criteria are met:
Type "A" conventions must fulfill all 5criteria. Type "B" conventions fulfill only items 1 ~ 2.

Type A

  • 1. Held in Kobe.
  • 2. Organized by a nonprofit body.
  • 3. 300 participants or more.
  • 4. Five or more participating countries (including Japan),and 100 or more overseas participants.
  • 5. Duration of 3days or more.

Type B

  • 1. Held in Kobe.
  • 2. Organized by a nonprofit body.
  • *In the case of an international conference, it must involve more than two countries, including Japan, and have more than 20 participants.
  • *In the case of an international session that is an integral part of a domestic conference, it must have a total of more than 20 participants, including more than 10 overseas participants.

Services for Convention Organizers

  • 01Subsidy from the city's Portopia '81 Memorial Fund. (The amount of a subsidy is up to 5% of a total convention cost.)

    Up to JPY5 million is subsidized to an international convention categorized as type "A". Up to JPY2 million is subsidized to an international convention categorized as type "B".

  • 02An interest-free loan for the preparatory fund of a convention. (Application is accepted from three years prior to the convention's opening. Up to JPY3 million per convention)

  • 03Support a portion of expenses for the organizer's prior site investigation.

    The expenses of a round-trip Shinkansen ticket between Tokyo and Shin-Kobe and one-night stay(Including breakfast) at a Meet in Kobe supporting hotel. both for one person. will be provided.

  • 04Support a portion of expenses for conference signboards.

  • 05Complimentary Bottles of Kobe wine or local Japanese sake for a toast at the convention's reception party.

  • 06Complimentary congress bags.

    (Up to 500 non-woven bags or 100 paper bags per a convention.)

  • 07Complimentary souvenir for overseas participants.

  • 08Promotional videos and pictures about Kobe will be lent free of charge.

  • 09Both in English and in Japanese. introduction pages of your convention will be posted in Kobe Convention Bureau's website.

  • 10Introduction of volunteer interpreters.

  • 11Support to public relations for open lectures.

  • 12Provision of information on attractions at the receptions.

  • 13A half of the fee of a chartered excursion bus will be subsidized.

    (Up to two buses. Applies to buses used to visit tourist facilities in the city of Kobe.)

  • 14Support to public relations at conventions held prior to those scheduled for Kobe.

*Service with this mark is provided to an international conference categorized as type "A" only.

Services for Convention Participants

  • 01The fare of the Port Liner connecting Port Island and Kobe Airport / downtown will be discounted by up to 50% off the regular fees.

    (Advanced application necessary. Up to 3,000 tickets for type "A" conferences and up to 1,000 for type "B" ones.)

  • 02The fare of the Rokko Liner connecting Rokko Island and downtown will be discounted by 50% off the regular fees.

    (Advanced application necessary. Up to 3,000 tickets for type "A" conferences and up to 1,000 for type "B" ones.)

  • 03Complimentary VIP discount coupon tickets for tourist facilities and for shopping.

  • 04Free Kobe guide maps.

  • 05Free guide maps of the Kobe Convention Center area

  • 06A tourist information service at the convention site.

Services for Convention Organizers

  • 1Submission of applications (All applications must be submitted by November 30th of the year prior to the convention concerned.)
  • 2Approval of the convention
  • 3Consultation on services
  • 4Provision of services

Please contact the following office to apply.

Kobe Convention Bureau

TEL :+81-78-303-0090 Contact Us

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