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Seoul ups subvention funding and offers app/VR development help for planners

The Seoul Convention Bureau has this month officially rolled out its new 2019 PLUS SEOUL programme with increased subvention funding designed to boost business events. In addition to an expanded core benefit of up to KRW250m (US$220,360) (previously KRW150m) for qualifying international conferences and up to KRW200m for corporate/incentive groups (previously KRW100m), the Seoul Convention Bureau h...

Seoul launches tourism pass as part of new tourism campaign

The Seoul Tourism Organization has announced its new campaign, “value tourism, together with Seoul”, following its restructuring into a wholly government-funded foundation. STO’s president and CEO Jaesung Rhee shared the group’s aim to create a sustainable city by promoting Seoul’s tourism industry. They intend to grow the value of Seoul tourism together with local residents. STO also announced th...

SHINee happy people – Korea’s new wave

Paul Colston attends the Korean MICE Expo (KME) 2018, and finds a new ‘Hallyu’ wave of enthusiasm for hosting international conferences. He also discovers a wealth of attractions for organisers keen to sample the ancient and modern delights of this Asian meetings powerhouse destination. [hr gap=”30″] The PyeongChang Winter Olympics is the most recent global event to offer a springboard...

Seoul MICE Alliance up to 299 members

The Seoul MICE Alliance (SMA) reports gaining 39 new members in August to date, bringing the South Korean capital’s MICE industry coalition to a total of 299 members. Among the new members are unique venues including Seoul’s Oil Tank Culture Park, what was once an emergency oil reserve built in the late 1970s after the 1973 oil crisis and transformed into a cultural event complex for meetings, art...