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Korea Secures 23rd International Federation of Automatic Control World Congress 2019-10-10 Korea has won the bid to host the 23rd International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) World Congress in Busan. The Congress will take place August 20-25, 2026.

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Korea to Develop South Jeolla Province into New MICE Destination 2019-09-10 Korea will develop South Jeolla Province, Jeollanam-do, into a new MICE destination under the concept, "Creating Business through Rest, Relaxation and Recharging of Mind".

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Korea Brings 40th World Congress of Endourology to Seoul 2019-08-05 The 40 th World Congress of Endourology (WCE) will take place in 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. Approximately 2,500 delegates from 90 countries around the world are expected to attend the congress, which will be held at COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in the Gangnam District of Seoul.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall in Daegu 2019-07-16 Daegu City and EXCO held a groundbreaking ceremony for the ‘EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall’ on July 2, 2019.

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Korea’s Leading Business Events’ Trade Show to Kick-off on June 12 2019-05-21 This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Korea MICE Expo (KME), the nation’s largest trade show for incentive planners and meeting professionals. The event will take place June 12-14, 2019 in Songdo ConvensiA, Incheon.

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Korea to Introduce New MICE Communication Message 2019-04-17 Korea will introduce two new MICE communication messages to boost Korea’s MICE industry

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Korea Unveils New Convention Center in Suwon 2019-03-12 Korea opens new convention center in Suwon on Friday, March 29th. Suwon Convention Center is expected to take its place as a hub for MICE Industry in the Southern Gyeonggi area and turn the city of Suwon into a competitive platform for MICE Industry.

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KTO signs partnership deal with a Global Hotel Chain to attract more corporate meetings 2019-01-16 Korea Tourism Organization signed a co-marketing agreement with Marriott International to drive corporate meetings to the country.

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Korea Secures 23rdInternational Federation of Automatic Control World Congress


 Pictured: Busan City (Credit: KTO Photo Gallery)


Korea has successfully won a bid to host a large-scale conference - the 23rd IFAC World Congress. The event will take place August 20 - 25 in 2026, welcoming approximately 3,500 delegates. The decision was unveiled during the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) board meeting held September 8, 2019, in Vienna.

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), Busan Tourism Organization (BTO), and Control Robot Systems Society, Korea’s member of IFAC, supported the bid. In 2018, KTO appointed Vice President of IFAC, Professor Cho Dong-il, as the honorary Korea MICE Ambassador. In addition, KTO supported the bid by conducting site inspections and hosting events such as Korea Night. 

Founded in 1957, the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) is focused on automatic control and its representation in the fields of engineering, science and the impact of control technology on society. Its growing community includes members from 50 countries. Previous congresses were held in France (2017) and South Africa (2014). Next year’s Congress will be held in Berlin, Germany.

Meanwhile, KTO provides support for international meetings held in Korea which last more than three days, involve five participating countries, with over 100 foreign participants. For large-scale events that qualify for the international convention criteria with over 2,000 participants, KTO provides step-by-step customized support. Oh Choong-sub, Head of the Convention Team at Korea Tourism Organization, said, “At international conventions, a large number of experts visit Korea from overseas and conduct academic exchanges. This has significant effect not just on related industries in Korea, but on Korean tourism as well. Particularly, the IFAC World Congress in Busan will have significant impact on the local economy and help to raise global awareness about Korea.” 

To learn about how Korea MICE Bureau can support your international conferences, please visit the official website at www.koreaconvention.org or e-mail us at mice@knto.or.kr

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