JUMP INTO JEJU

Make time for South Korea’s balmy south­ern is­land

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Contents - WORDS K ATE FARR AND R ACHEL RE AD

The nat­u­rally rugged UNESCO World Her­itage site of Jeju Is­land lies just off South Korea’s south­ern coast­line. Home to Hal­lasan Moun­tain – a vol­cano still clas­si­fied as ac­tive de­spite not hav­ing erupted in over 5,000 years – Jeju’s dra­matic land­scape has proven a ma­jor draw for Asia’s tourists. The is­land is also in­creas­ingly a sig­nif­i­cant player in the re­gion’s MICE in­dus­try, of­fer­ing world-class fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices. Here’s a run­down of what Jeju has to of­fer – for meet­ings, con­fer­ences, team-build­ing… or sim­ply a re­lax­ing get­away.

PRE­PARED FOR ANY EVENT

Of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion and plan­ning as­sis­tance to event organisers, Jeju Con­ven­tion Bureau show­cases the is­land’s ma­jor ad­van­tages when it comes to host­ing MICE groups. One of the most sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to those plan­ning a large-scale event, and for in­di­vid­ual trav­ellers, is Jeju’s favourable visa con­di­tions, grant­ing visa-free en­try and 30-day stays to more than 187 coun­tries, in­clud­ing China.

Jeju is also gain­ing global recog­ni­tion as a re­li­able choice: it’s been praised as the “best place for in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions” by the UN Safety Of­fice,

de­clared an “In­ter­na­tional Safe City” by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, and ranked 19th world­wide as an In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion City by the Union of In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tions.

Another ma­jor as­set is the pur­pose-built In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Jeju (ICCJEJU). Opened in 2003, it has rapidly be­come the flag­ship venue for larger events and ex­hi­bi­tions within the re­gion, boast­ing a seven-storey build­ing span­ning 5,000 sqm that can ac­com­mo­date up to 4,300 del­e­gates. It also con­tains over 30 break­out rooms and medium-sized meet­ing rooms, an event hall, and an out­door ban­quet­ing site.

ICCJEJU’s lo­ca­tion in the coastal Jung­mun Tourist Com­plex also makes it the ideal base for groups and in­de­pen­dent trav­ellers alike to ex­plore the is­land once the work­ing week has fin­ished ( 2700 Jung­mun-dong, Seog­wipo; +82 64 735 1000; iccjeju.co.kr).

AC­TIV­I­TIES AND IN­CEN­TIVES

Hike it up Whether you’re a se­ri­ous hiker or a fair-weather ram­bler, Jeju has a leg-stretch­ing walk to suit you. Hal­lasan is

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