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Mice Net : February 2009
japan jaPan a go-go! Story by Johanna Mc Kinnon ARe you in the business of organising conventions and looking for a unique centre? We’ve found a few to get you excited. J apan is home to innovative technology and design and this is not lost on the country’s convention centres. Kobe Convention Centre built on a man-made island, the Kobe Convention Centre opened in 1981 and is a convention complex which includes conference halls and multi-functional meeting spaces. the complex is made up of the International Conference Centre Kobe, Kobe International Exhibition Hall and is linked to the Portopia Hotel. the International Conference Centre Kobe has total of 21 conference rooms. the Main Hall can seat 692 and the International Conference room can cater for 360 delegates. both spaces are ideal for international events and are equipped with simultaneous interpretation systems for six languages. the centre often hosts large-scale domestic academic conferences and more than 30 international conferences yearly. the International Exhibition Hall is made up of three separate spaces: the first is a two-storey complex that offers 3000 square metres of exhibition space on each floor. the second is a three-storey building with 3800 square metres of exhibition space which is ideal for large conferences of 4000 delegates. the third hall also has 3800 square metres of space, and features state-of-the-art facilities. For more information go to http://kobe-cc.jp. International Convention Centre Kyoto this centre was built in 1966 and is famous for being the venue where the Kyoto Protocol was signed. the International 192 mice.net Convention Centre Kyoto (ICCK) offers event planners a range of futuristic meeting and exhibition spaces. the ICCK is considered a convention pioneer and when it opened was the first national conference facility in the country. the centre has been host to more than 16,000 conferences and events and it’s easy to see why. the centre is divided into the Conference Hall, the Annex Hall, the Event Hall and a Japanese Garden. the Conference Hall is made up of the Main Hall, which is the only UN-style international conference space in Japan, and a host of meeting rooms that can cater for a range of group sizes from 90 to 550. For a full list of facilities go to www.icckyoto.or.jp. Osaka International Convention Centre the osaka International Convention Centre, or the Grand Cube osaka as it’s known, was built in April 2000 and offers 13 levels of state-of-the-art facilities. the meeting spaces are made up of the Main Hall which can seat 2574, the Event Hall which provides 2600 square metres of space ideal for exhibitions, and the Conference Hall which can accommodate 500 and features exquisite murals on its dome ceiling. there are also five meeting rooms that can cater for between 50 to 600 delegates. the Grand Cube also features a roof-top garden and the high-end Grande toque restaurant. For more information go to www.gco.co.jp. ABOVE TOP: Kobe International Exhibition Hall. ABOVE BOTTOM: Osaka International Exhibition Centre. Photos courtesy of Japanese National Tourism Organization.