By early December, Korea’s meetings industry had already welcomed over 16 million international visitors for business and leisure according to official figures. Korean infrastructure for business events has been given global accolades, while new bid wins underscore a busy and prosperous upcoming convention calendar for the country.
In December, the top leaders in Korea’s meetings industry were showcased at the 2016 Korea MICE Alliance Conference & Awards, held from December 6th to 7th at Gyeongju’s HICO events center. Around 200 public and private-sector industry professionals attended the gathering to acknowledge star performers and also engage in information sessions on the present and future of Korea’s meetings industry.
Korea recently secured hosting duties for several major upcoming global congresses set to take place between 2020 and 2024, reflecting the country’s continuing status as a highly-in-demand international meetings destination, particularly in the science fields. The first of these will be the 28th International Congress of the Transplantation Society at Seoul’s Coex convention center in 2020 (5,000 participants; 4,500 overseas participants). This will be followed in 2024 with both the 37th International Geological Congress at BEXCO Busan (6,000 participants; 5,000 overseas participants), and the World Biomaterials Congress at EXCO Daegu (3,500 participants; 3,000 overseas participants).