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Korea MICE Bureau Introduces Special Support for COVID-19 2020-05-26 In response to the current COVID-19 situation, the Korea MICE Bureau, under the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), has introduced a new support program for conventions and meetings & incentives to provide extra assistance to groups affected by COVID-19.

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Korea’s Chungnam Province to Receive First International Convention Center 2020-04-28 Plans are underway for a new convention center in Korea, the first for the country's South Chungcheong Province (Chungnam-do) region.

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Korea Plans for Stronger Year End amid COVID-19 Outbreak 2020-03-12 Despite setbacks from the COVID-19 crisis, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) – MICE Bureau prepares to bounce back in the later part of the year by organizing a series of roadshows across Asia to promote Korea’s appeal as a corporate meetings and incentives destination.

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Korea to Showcase New Offerings for Business Events at AIME 2020-02-14 Korea MICE Bureau will be attending the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings EXPO (AIME) this coming February 17-19.

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Suwon MICE Complex Welcomes New Courtyard by Marriott Hotel 2020-01-21 A new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel opened in the currently developing Suwon MICE Complex, home to Korea's latest convention center - Suwon Convention Center.

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Korea Hosts Major Chinese Incentive Trips 2019-12-20 Korea welcomed 3,500 international employees of WEINA Cosmetics Co., a Shanghai-based cosmetics company currently operating 11 branches throughout China, including Xi’an of Shaanxi Province and Qingdao of Shandong Province.

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Busan to Host 2019 ASEAN – Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit 2019-11-15 The 2019 ASEAN – Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit will take place this month from November 25 – 26 in Busan, Korea.

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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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643 Industry 2019 Korea MICE Awards & Conference Looks Ahead to Future of Meeting Technology 2019-12-23 Hit:33
642 Press Release Korea Hosts Major Chinese Incentive Trips 2019-12-20 Hit:62
641 Travel Celebrate the Holidays at Seoul Christmas Festival 2019-12-17 Hit:22
640 Industry Korea Announces New Unique Venues 2019-11-20 Hit:63
639 Press Release Busan to Host 2019 ASEAN – Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit 2019-11-15 Hit:40
638 Industry 5 Stunning Autumn Destinations in Korea for Outdoor Activities 2019-11-15 Hit:34
637 Travel Silla Meets the World at Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2019-10-16 Hit:35
636 Press Release Korea Secures 23rd International Federation of Automatic Control World Congress 2019-10-10 Hit:290

Korea Secures 23rd International 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

635 Industry Korean Business Events & Culture at IBTM World Showcase 2019-10-08 Hit:42
634 Notice Celebrating Hangeul Day 2019-10-07 Hit:24