Meetings & Conventions: Newsline
INTERNATIONAL FOCUSSOUTH KOREA
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.
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
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
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
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
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 OrsakBIG IN BUSAN.
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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