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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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No. Category Title Date Hit
699 Travel Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats Become UNESCO Natural World Heritage for Biodiversity 2021-08-12 Hit:483
698 Industry Event Highlights: Korea International Travel Expo 2021 2021-07-29 Hit:472
697 Press Release Korea Launches New Marketing Campaign for Korea Unique Venues 2021 2021-07-22 Hit:873
696 Travel Quarantine Exemption for Fully Vaccinated Visitors Starting July 1 2021-07-22 Hit:567
695 Travel Social Distancing Level Adjustments Starting July 1 2021-06-28 Hit:504
694 Industry Korea MICE Expo - Pre and Post-COVID-19 2021-06-28 Hit:488
693 Press Release Korea Prepares to Resume Tourism with New International Travel Expo 2021-06-14 Hit:463

Korea Prepares to Resume Tourism with New International Travel Expo


Korea International Travel Expo 2021 


Korea will debut a brand new comprehensive travel expo, Korea International Travel Expo <https://www.kite2021.com> (KITE 2021), combining four Korea tourism events under MICE, Korea Travel, Luxury Travel and Medical Wellness sectors this coming June 29 – July 13, 2021. The hybrid event kicks-off on June 29th with an Opening Ceremony held at the Gateway to Korea - Paradise City Hotel, Incheon, sending out a message of hope for the resumption of international tourism.


Presenting itself as a new ‘One-stop Travel Expo’, KITE 2021 will provide an overview of Korea tourism in preparation for the restart of inbound tourism. Attending delegates can expect to discover the latest information on Korea tourism in the four sectors, engage in 1:1 video business consultation with Korean sellers through a new online platform, and gain insight into post-Covid-19 tourism in Korea through various conference programs.  


The Opening Ceremony, to be held offline at Paradise City Hotel, Incheon, with live online streaming available for overseas attendees, will highlight Korea’s Night Tourism contents with a full line-up of programs including keynote speeches by speakers Burkhard Kieker (CEO of Berlin Tourism and Congress), Chang Chee Pey (Assistant Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board) and British actress Joanna Lumley. Chang Chee Pey and Joanna Lumley will join via hologram from Singapore and London to discuss strategies for the resumption and revitalization of international tourism post-Covid-19. Additional programs include a special longboard performance by Korean longboarder Ko Hyojoo, plus a nighttime drone show at Songdo Central Park to end the night.


Over a period of two weeks, KITE 2021 will provide a virtual gathering space for 1,500 Domestic and Overseas Buyers and thousands of visitors to network and connect with local service providers, including RTOs, CVBs, travel agencies, hotels, luxury travel companies, convention centers, medical institutions and more.


The event kicks-off with the Korea MICE Expo from June 29 – July 2, with a MICE Roadshow, RTO/CVB Showcase, and Meeting Technology Pitching. The event continues with the Korea Travel Mart from July 5 – 7, where delegates can expect to find special discounts of virtual Korea travel products, early bird flight tickets to Korea, plus a live travel talk show with a K-pop star, and online Fam Tour for overseas buyers.


The Korea Luxury Travel Mart will take place from July 8 – 9, with a Luxury Tourism Conference and a virtual Fam Tour showcasing luxury tourism facilities and contents. The expo will conclude with the Korea Medical Wellness Tourism Fair from July 12 – 13, with a Medical Wellness Tourism Conference, virtual wellness experience program, and medical consultations for overseas delegates.


The Korea Tourism Organization invites industry professionals to come and join us for the Korea International Travel Expo. Discover Korea’s offerings for travel post-Covid-19 and meet with local exhibitors to learn about new attractions and experiences in Korea. Make Korea your first international destination back post-Covid-19. For inquiries, send us an email at mice@knto.or.kr.


692 Industry Natural Getaways in Korea’s Gyeongnam Province 2021-05-26 Hit:468
691 Travel Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace Opens 2021-05-26 Hit:423
690 Press Release Opening of EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall in Daegu 2021-05-20 Hit:976