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Korea Launches New Marketing Campaign for Korea Unique Venues 2021 2021-07-22 Korea MICE Bureau launches a new marketing campaign for Korea Unique Venues, including a set of promotional videos and SNS contents.

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Korea Prepares to Resume Tourism with New International Travel Expo 2021-06-14 Korea will debut a brand new comprehensive travel expo, Korea International Travel Expo (KITE 2021), combining four Korea tourism events under MICE, Korea Travel, Luxury Travel and Medical Wellness sectors this coming June 29 – July 13, 2021.

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Opening of EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall in Daegu 2021-05-20 Daegu City held the Opening Ceremony of EXCO’s 2nd Exhibition Hall (East Wing) on April 28th at the plaza in front of the new exhibition hall.

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Korea Welcomes New Convention Center in Ulsan Metropolitan City 2021-04-23 Korea is set to unveil its newest convention center, Ulsan Exhibition and Convention Center (UECO) on April 29, 2021. UECO will be the 17th convention center in Korea, anticipated to turn the Southeastern Metropolitan City of Ulsan into the next hub for the Korean MICE industry.

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New Cultural Complex Opens in Seoul’s Yeouido District 2021-03-18 A new cultural complex, Parc.1, has opened in Seoul’s Yeouido district, combining business, shopping and leisure in one stop, with the opening of two high-rise office buildings, luxury hotel Fairmont Ambassador Seoul, and The Hyundai Seoul, a new concept shopping center.

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New Aquarium Marks Completion of Suwon MICE Complex 2021-02-15 The opening of a new aquarium, 'Aqua Planet Gwanggyo', completes the Suwon MICE Complex in Gyeonggi Province.

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Plans Underway for First Convention Center in Gangwon Province 2021-01-27 Plans are underway for the construction of a new international convention center in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, the first international convention center in the province.

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Korea MICE Bureau Introduces New Support for International Conventions 2020-11-26 In response to the prolonged COVID-19 situation, Korea MICE Bureau, under the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), released an updated COVID-19 support program for International Conventions to provide extra assistance to groups affected by the pandemic.

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668 Press Release Korea Announces New Unique Venues 2020-09-25 Hit:3186
667 Travel Enjoy Beach City Views from BUSAN X the SKY 2020-08-24 Hit:4199
666 Industry Busan City Secures 7th International Marine Waste Conference 2020-06-29 Hit:4183
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664 Press Release Development of New MICE Complex in Seoul Picks Up Speed 2020-06-23 Hit:46237
663 Travel KTO Announces 100 Must-visit Nighttime Tourist Spots 2020-05-28 Hit:4222
662 Industry Daegu City Receives Title of 'International Conference Complex' 2020-05-28 Hit:4173

Daegu City Receives Title of 'International Conference Complex'


Pictured: EXCO Convention Center in Daegu (credit: KTO Photo Gallery)

Daegu’s EXCO Convention Center and surrounding areas have been selected as ‘International Conference Complex’ by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Located in the Southeastern region of Korea, Daegu is a center of tourism and culture with strengths in the textile, machinery, metal, and automotive industries. As one of Korea’s leading MICE destinations, the city has hosted numerous events related to cutting edge technologies and IT.

On April 20th, the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism approved an area of 102,000 m2 surrounding EXCO Convention Center and Kyungpook National University, within the city of Daegu, as an international conference complex.

Daegu City recently participated in an international conference complex competition promoted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, under the name ‘Daegu Business MICE Town’. The plan established EXCO Convention Center as the base for the city’s MICE industry and Kyungpook National University as the base for fostering the local workforce. The proposal was well received by the judges for presenting a vision of developing the regional MICE industry and creating a local ecosystem.

In preparation for the competition, not only Daegu City, but local MICE related organizations such as Kyungpook National University, EXCO and Daegu Convention Bureau contributed and held a working council to sign a business agreement to continue mutual cooperation.

In particular, Daegu Convention Bureau, a dedicated organization for international conferences in Daegu, played an important role in promoting the submission for the international conference complex and coordinating opinions between involved organizations.

In 2001, Daegu became the first provincial region to establish an exhibition and convention center and went on to establish the first convention bureau in the country. The city continues to make efforts to develop its MICE infrastructure, with EXCO’s 2nd Exhibition Hall set to open in 2021.

Over the years, Daegu City has come to establish itself as an international conference city, successfully hosting and attracting large international conferences such as the 2013 World Energy Congress, the 2015 World Water Forum, 2019 IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, 2021 World Gas Conference and more.

With the new designation, Daegu City, which will receive benefits similar to a Special Tourist Zone, is expected to revitalize the local MICE industry, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Lee Ki-Seok, Director of International Trade, Daegu City, said, “The designation of Daegu as an international conference complex is the result of Daegu City’s continuous efforts to foster the MICE industry so far, and this selection will serve as a catalyst for a second leap forward for Daegu’s MICE industry.”


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