South Korea: In with the new

The number of meeting spaces being built or refurbished further strengthens South Korea's appeal

Several developments aimed at the meetings and incentives industry are set to be completed this year, including the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park. The 85,000m2 plaza, located in Seoul, will house convention and exhibition space, as well as a park and underground cultural centre. KINTEX, the Korea International Exhibition Centre, which opened in 2005 and provides a multi-functional space covering 53,975m2, aims to add a further 50,000m2 to the venue by September. At present, there are five exhibition halls and 23 meeting rooms. Meanwhile, the Korea COEX, Seoul's largest venue, has recently undergone a redevelopment to become the country's first environmentally friendly convention centre.

The Shilla Hotel Seoul refurbished its facilities in May last year, offering three separate venues as well as an inner courtyard and external garden, which can accommodate from 120 to 1,000 delegates. One of the latest hotels to be launched in the area is the Best Western Premier Guro, with a business centre and function rooms that can hold up to 300 people cocktail-style.

The country also boasts some unusual venues for meetings and events, including Floating Island, an artificial structure that opened in Seoul in August last year, comprising three islands called Vista, Terra and Viva. Major sporting events on the cards include Korea's second Formula One race, likely to take place in October in the South Jeolla region and the Ballantine's Golfing Championship in April at the Blackstone Resort in Incheon, south of Seoul.

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