April 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline

newsline.gif (8042 bytes)INTERNATIONAL FOCUS
The Busan Marine Natural History Museum opened a second exhibition hall in March. The new three-story venue, which adjoins the original, includes an exploration room, a library and a cyber museum. One of a number of sites designated for this summer’s World Cup games, the four-story Busan World Cup Stadium was completed last July. The venue has 59,534 seats but can accommodate up to 80,000. Floor space at the stadium exceeds 280,000 square feet.

EXCO Daegu, a 4,200-seat convention hall and exhibition center in this southeastern city, opened last April. In addition to the convention hall, the facility features 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, 11 conference rooms that can host a total of 1,700, and a mall.

Another World Cup venue, the Suwon World Cup Stadium, opened in May. The 43,138-seat facility, about 20 minutes from downtown Suwon, also features convention facilities.

Jeju Island
The ICC Jeju, which is slated to open this December at the Jungman Resort, will include a 500-room hotel, 11 meeting rooms, a shopping mall, a 24-hour casino and an IMAX theater. A glass-enclosed, 4,300-seat main hall will be divisible into a ballroom, concert hall or exhibit space.

Jeju Island was designated an “international free city” this year, allowing the city to guarantee visa-free transit and unrestricted movement of goods.

Mini World, a park featuring miniature models of 94 of the world’s best-known buildings and monuments, opened last June. Models include the Opera House of Australia, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.

After more than eight years of construction, the National Jeju Museum opened last June. The facility, about 30 minutes from the island’s international airport, is the largest provincial museum in South Korea.

Pacific Corp. opened a tea museum here last fall. The facility, built in the shape of a teacup, offers visitors a view of the region’s largest tea farm. Admission is free.

Opened last June, the 14-story Noblesse Hotel in northern Seoul has 85 guest rooms, a banquet hall and restaurants.

The Seoul Grand Hilton Hotel, formerly the Swiss Grand Hotel, opened a convention center in March. The new facility, which can host up to 2,500 for conferences, is in Hongeun-dong, 15 minutes from downtown.

The Westin Chosun Hotel opened a new 24-hour business center on its third floor in September. The addition includes an 84-inch Diamond Screen with LCD projector, videoconferencing equipment and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Spring 2001 saw the opening of Incheon International Airport, with additional construction ongoing. Currently, the airport can accommodate 27 million passengers annually; by 2020, the facility will have the capacity to service 100 million travelers each year.

The Seoul Historical Museum opened this month at Gyeongheuigung Palace in Jongno-gu. The three-story facility features four different permanent exhibits on the culture and history of this capital city.

The Lotte hotel chain, South Korea’s largest, opened a sixth property in this city, the Lotte Hotel Ulsan. The new 211-room, 24-story hotel features an amusement park and a nine-screen cinema. Also at the property are three banquet halls, a fitness center, a pool and a golf course.

Compiled by Brian Orsak

After four years of construction, the new Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO) opened last September in this bustling city in the southeastern part of the Korean peninsula. Officially designated as the site of the 2002 World Cup final draw, the new facility features a 2,800-seat convention hall and 28,000 square feet of exhibit space. A glass hall in the shape of seagull wings links the two sides of the facility. Also on-site are a business center, a shopping mall and a bank.

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