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KTO-STO Sign MOU to Bring 2025 ICCA Congress to Seoul 2023-09-15 KTO and STO signed an MOU to combine efforts to attract the 2025 ICCA Congress to Seoul.

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Incheon Wins Bid to Host the 2027 International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly 2023-09-04 Held every four years, the IUGG General Assembly gathers geoscience experts from around the world to present their research and discuss current issues in the field. This is the second time the general assembly will be held in Asia in 24 years, following its hosting in Japan in 2003.

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Corporate Group from Georgia Enjoys Benefits from Korea Unique Venue Support 2023-07-13 A corporate group from Georgia visiting Korea on a 5 day, 6 night trip enjoyed benefits from the Korea Unique Venue support.

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KTO Makes Big Return to IMEX Frankfurt 2023 to Showcase Korean Business Events & Culture 2023-06-09 Korea made a big return to IMEX Frankfurt 2023, held at Messe Frankfurt from May 23-25, with special programs for buyers, as well as cultural events for booth visitors.

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KTO to Select 13 New KOREA UNIQUE VENUES to Showcase Korea’s Charm 2023-06-02 With growth of the MICE industry, MICE venues are increasing in variety. Corporations and institutions, which preferred large scale convention centers in the past, are increasingly seeking out special places & experiences for their events.

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Korea Sees Return of Large-Scale Corporate Events and International Conferences Post-COVID-19 2023-05-26 Korea saw a return in large-scale corporate events and international conferences this month with the hosting of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the USANA ‘2023 Asia Pacific Convention’.

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Korea Tourism Organization and KOTRA Sign MOU to Promote Tourism and Trade Investment 2023-05-03 On April 27th, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and KOTRA signed an MOU to promote Korea tourism and trade investment.

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Korea Significantly Relaxes Support Requirements for International Conventions Support 2023-02-17 Starting this year, the requirements for international conventions support for events held in Korea will be significantly relaxed.

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669 Travel Korea Tourism Virtual Fair 2020 Opens 2020-10-13 Hit:740
668 Press Release Korea Announces New Unique Venues 2020-09-25 Hit:3580
667 Travel Enjoy Beach City Views from BUSAN X the SKY 2020-08-24 Hit:4593
666 Industry Busan City Secures 7th International Marine Waste Conference 2020-06-29 Hit:4582
665 Travel Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge Opens in Busan 2020-06-23 Hit:4569
664 Press Release Development of New MICE Complex in Seoul Picks Up Speed 2020-06-23 Hit:46610
663 Travel KTO Announces 100 Must-visit Nighttime Tourist Spots 2020-05-28 Hit:4597
662 Industry Daegu City Receives Title of 'International Conference Complex' 2020-05-28 Hit:4546

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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