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The Portopia Exposition of 1981 transformed Kobe City into one of Japan's foremost convention cities, capable of offering a variety of services to a variety of international conventions. With full support from companies and business organizations in and around the city, the Kobe Convention Bureau has taken its accumulated track record and experiences and created ‘Meet in Kobe’, a services package campaign designed specifically with the needs of convention organizers and participants in mind.

Eligibility for "Meet in Kobe"

Conventions are categorized as either type “A” or “B” based on the five criteria below.
The services provided vary according to whether only 2 or all 5 of these convention criteria are met:
Type "A" conventions must fulfill all 5 criteria. 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 3 days 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 limited to 5% of total cost.)

    Up to JPY 5 million is subsidized to an international convention categorized as type "A". Up to JPY 2 million is subsidized to an international convention categorized as type "B".

  • 02An interest-free loan for the preparatory fund of a convention. (Applications are accepted from three years prior to the convention's start date. Up to JPY 3 million per convention.)

  • 03Support for organizer's pre site inspection.

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

  • 04Support for 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 convention.)

  • 07Complimentary souvenirs for overseas participants.

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

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

  • 10Introduction of volunteer interpreters.

  • 11Public relations support for open lectures.

  • 12Provision of information on attractions at reception.

  • 13Half of the fee for chartered excursion buses will be subsidized.

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

  • 1414 Public relations support at conventions held prior to those scheduled for Kobe.

*Services with this mark are provided to international conferences 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 50%.

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

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

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

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

  • 04Free Kobe guide maps.

  • 05Free guide maps of the Kobe Convention Center area.

  • 06Tourist information services 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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