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Kyoto’s cultural grant scheme expanded to cover promotional gifts and mementos

A cultural grant scheme in Kyoto is being extended. Kyoto Convention Bureau and the City of Kyoto have once again teamed up to support business events, such as a conventions, meetings or incentive travel, which take place in the city by offering a subsidy towards their use of the regions cultural heritage.

The cultural grant has been offered to event organisers for the last two years and has been hailed a great success. The programme encourages meeting planners to incorporate traditional cultural activities into their events such as maiko and geiko, taiko drum, Koto harp, tea ceremonies and kimono dressing performances becoming integral to many events.

Now the scheme is being expanded to cover the giving of Kyoto handicraft – such as hand cut gold and silver bookmarks, Damascene jewellery, tableware from the Kiyomizu kilns, traditional candles or magic chopsticks - to delegates participating in events being held in the city.

Kyoto Convention Bureau comments:  “Kyoto stands out from other business destinations because of its rich culture and heritage. Since it was launched, the cultural grant has been well received and encouraged many more events to incorporate cultural activities. The scheme has been extended to allow us to provide visitors with an everlasting memory of Kyoto and the time they spent in the city. Incorporating culture into an event enhances a delegates experience and boosts business within the city.”

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