South Korea 2nd in UIA’s Global Meetings Ranking
Korea has been ranked the world’s Top 2 destination for global congresses hosted in 2015, according to the latest International Meetings Statistics Report released by the Union of International Associations (UIA). The findings show Korea achieving second place behind the USA with 891 meetings–a 40 per cent increase over the previous year. This also places it first in Asia and accounts for 7.5 per cent of all meetings held worldwide across the same period. The results reflect continued strong interest in Korea, helped by the rise of its diverse regional Korean meeting destinations. Infrastructure growth has played a key role in boosting Korea’s MICE competitiveness, including expanded facilities in future Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics host Gangwon Province, and ongoing expansions to recent Korea MICE Expo host Songdo Convensia in Incheon’s International Business District. Brand new regional convention facilities include the new Asia Culture Center in southeastern city Gwangju and Hwabaek International Convention Center (HICO) in the southwestern UNESCO capital of Gyeongju.