A new range of subsidies for international conventions held in Fukui Prefecture is available this fiscal year (until March 2024) as part of plans to increase the appeal of the Japan Sea coast location for business meetings.
Up to ¥3 million (US$21,434) will be provided for an international convention held in Fukui Prefecture for two or more consecutive days (including overnight stays), where participants are from at least two countries including Japan. More than 10 participants of the international convention are required to stay at least one night in Fukui Prefecture.
Additional subsidies include up to ¥50,000 for attractions at the opening ceremony or reception “that will improve the image of Fukui Prefecture and its host city or town”, up to ¥100,000 for a shuttle bus service between the venue and accommodation facilities for conventions with more than 300 pax and up to ¥200,000 for a sightseeing excursion or tour inspection of companies, according to the federation’s convention division.
Convention organisers will also be able to receive subsidies of up to ¥50,000 per person (for up to two pax) for a site inspection.
All subsidies cover academic conferences, meetings, business conventions and sports events in principle, although exceptions apply such as conventions held in conjunction with sister city exchange programmes.
The Fukui Prefectural Tourism Federation launched this subsidy to celebrate the expansion of a bullet train service that will connect Fukui Prefecture with Tokyo in less than three hours from spring 2024.
The new 125-kilometre section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen will connect Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, via Komatsu, Kaga-Onsen, Awara-Onsen, Fukui and Echizen-Takefu, according to the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency.