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Seoul Placed Fifth In UIA Rankings

Seoul has placed fifth for the number of international meetings held in 2010, according to the recently released Statistics Report by the Union of International Associations (UIA). Since 2004, the city has ranked in the top 10, and this year’s placing was a marked improvement from 2009.

Under UIA standards, Seoul hosted 50 more bids in 2010 than in the previous year, which moved the city's ranking up four spots within the top ten ranked meetings destinations of the world. The Seoul Tourism Organization's (STO) had initially aimed to place within the world’s top five by 2015.

Hong Heegon, STO’s newly appointed CEO attributed the improved ranking to teamwork. “This is welcome news for Seoul and a proud moment for STO. Our goal was ambitious; to succeed years ahead of schedule was the result of solid support and commitment from city tourism stakeholders and members of our Seoul MICE Alliance.”

The new ranking comes at a time when the city is in the midst of a major expansion of its meetings infrastructure capacity. This fall, the Floating Island facility will be fully functional for conventions while seven luxury hotels are slated to open by the end of 2012. Additionally, construction of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Exhibition Center is underway in the Dongdaemun fashion district and looks set to open in 2013.

With completion of a convention center and complex at the Seoul Station, Seoul aims to more than double its meetings capacity 2015. The center will feature Korea’s largest meetings facilities, and serve as a hub for conventions in the north side of Seoul.

 

Photo: Haeche, Mascot of Seoul