Fukuoka seeks global hybrid-meeting spot

Japanese city extends subsidies to help organisers and venues with digital infrastructure and Covid safety

FUNDING to help organisers and venues plan safe events while putting the southern Japan city of Fukuoka on the global map for hybrid meetings is being extended into the 2021-22 financial year.

Fukuoka Convention and Visitors Bureau originally introduced the two-pronged hybrid subsidy scheme to help local business events suppliers reach an international market as the Covid downturn gripped.

Subsidies were also provided to help with safety regulations and hygiene supplies for in-person events.

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The subsidy supports venues by providing up to 80 per cent of funds to improve their hybrid products with cash for internet connectivity, software and vendor services .

“This could include purchasing new hardware such as cables or switchers to improve their connectivity within the venue, or purchasing products for Covid-19 safety such as thermography equipment,” a spokesman for the convention bureau said.

“[A total of] 28 venues in Fukuoka city have received the subsidy so far, showing a strong industry desire for Fukuoka to become an international hybrid event destination of choice,” the bureau announced today.

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“New venues such as Marine Messe Hall B, Hakata International Exhibition & Conference Center, and Island-City Forum, which have all opened since 2020, have the latest hybrid technologies built in to their venues. This makes Fukuoka a world-class destination for hybrid meetings.”

Organisers considering Fukuoka as a hybrid destination can contact mpf@welcome-fukuoka.or.jp for more details on the conditions and how to apply.

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