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203 Incheon Int'l Airport Terminal 2 to Open Various Transportation Services 2018-01-10 10

Incheon Int'l Airport Terminal 2 to Open Various Transportation Services

Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2 officially opens on January 18, 2018. With an opening of the new terminal, the public transportation services connecting the airport to different cities including AREX, KTX, and limousine buses have rearranged their schedules. AREX, which only operated to Terminal 1, will further extend its services to Terminal 2 starting January 13. Not only will AREX and KTX, make a stop at Terminal 2, a total of 103 limousine buses throughout the country will also make a stop starting January 15.

 Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2 provides AREX, KTX and Limousine Bus Services

Photo: Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2 (Credit: Incheon International Airport)


The distance between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 is 6.4km, taking approximately 6 minutes, and will cost extra 600 won from the original AREX and KTX fee. If traveling only from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, one-way ticket on AREX will cost 900 won, or you can take the free shuttle bus within the airport.

During the Pyeongchang 2018 period (February 1-28, 2018), KTX from Incheon International Airport to and from Busan/Gwangju Station will temporarily be discontinued. Instead, KTX to Gangneung Station from Terminal 2 will run 32 times a day. For those that are impacted by the temporarily discontinued KTX line, KTX Limousine Bus service from Incheon International Airport to KTX Gwangmyeong Station will be provided starting January 17.

Take note that only Korean Air, Delta Airlines, Air France, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will operate on Terminal 2. Departing travelers are advised to double check their airlines to prevent any confusion at the airport.

More Info on transport services at Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2
* Transportation schedules provided in the websites below are based on Passenger Terminal 1. Updated schedule will be posted soon. (AREX schedule to be updated January 13)

☞ Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2
- Address: 272, Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
- Free shuttle bus: Terminal 1 ↔ Terminal 2
    - Terminal 1 → Terminal 2: Departs every 5 min. from Gate 8 Terminal 1, 3F  (approx. 15 min. travel time)
    - Terminal 2 → Terminal 1: Departs every 5 min. between Gate 4 & 5 Terminal 2, 3F  (approx. 18-20 min.
         travel time)
- Incheon International Airport website: www.airport.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)  

☞ KTX Gwangmyeong Station Limousine Bus
- Adress: 21, Gwangmyeongyeok-ro, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Operating locations, travel time and intervals: Gwangmyeong Station ↔ Incheon International Airport
    (approx. 50 min. travel time), 83 buses a day operating every 20-30 min.
- Operating hours:
Gwangmyeong Station → Incheon International Airport: First Bus 05:20 ? Last Bus 21:00
Incheon International Airport → Gwangmyeong Station: First Bus 06:10 ? Last Bus 22:20
- KTX website: www.letskorail.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)  

☞ AREX website: www.arex.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Seoul Airport Limousine Bus website: www.airportlimousine.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese) 
☞ Gyeonggi Airport Limousine Bus website: ggairportbus.co.kr (Menu & timetable available in English)  
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

202 Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2 Opens January 18 2018-01-04 12

Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2 Opens January 18

Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2 will officially open on January 18, 2018.

Incheon International Airport Terminal 2

The airport will be able to accommodate up to 1.8 million additional travelers with the opening of Terminal 2. In comparison to the current Terminal 1, Terminal 2 will allow departing travelers to check-in faster with its increased number of kiosks and self-bag drop services. Also, the distance between Terminal 2 and its transportation center is shorter than that of Terminal 1 so that visitors can have convenient access to transportation.

A shuttle bus will depart every 5 minutes from each terminal, serving as the main transportation between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The current Airport Railroad and airport limousine buses will also extend their routes to include Terminal 2, stopping by at Terminal 1 on the way. Not only will the food court and restaurants serving international cuisines please the travelers at Terminal 2, exhibition halls and an observatory deck offering a view of the departure terminal and airport runways will easily help pass time at the airport.

Take note that Korean Air, Delta, Air France, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be the only airlines offering services at Terminal 2 upon its opening. Departing travelers are advised to double check their airlines and flight number before heading to the airport as passengers who are not traveling with the aforementioned airlines will not be able to check-in at Terminal 2.

More Info

☞ Address: Incheon International Airport Passenger Terminal 2, 272, Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
☞ Airlines at Terminal 2
- Korean Air: kr.koreanair.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Russian)
- Delta: www.delta.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, German)
- KLM: www.klm.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Russian)
- Air France:www.airfrance.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Russian)

☞ Terminal 1 ↔ Terminal 2 Shuttle Bus
- Terminal 1 → Terminal 2: Departs every 5 min. from Gate 8 at Passenger Terminal 2, 3F (approx. 20 min. travel time)
- Terminal 2 → Terminal 1: Departs every 5 min. from Gate 4 & 5 at Passenger Terminal 2, 3F (approx. 20 min. travel time)

☞ Incheon International Airport website: www.airport.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

201 Top Meetings Industry Performers Recognized at 2017 Korea MICE Alliance Conference & Awards 2017-12-14 18

Top Meetings Industry Performers Recognized at 2017 Korea MICE Alliance Conference & Awards

Public and private-sector leaders in Korea’s meetings industry recently gathered to highlight the year’s achievements at this year’s Korea MICE Alliance & Awards event, which took place from December 12-13 at PyeongChang 2018 Olympics venue Yongpyong Resort in Gangwon Province. Jointly-hosted by the Korea MICE Bureau and the Gangwon Convention & Visitors Bureau, the gathering was attended by around 200 government, business-sector, and academic professionals.

2017 Korea MICE Alliance Conference & Awards

Under the theme, “Global Tourism Trends and the MICE Industry”, attendees had the opportunity to celebrate top performers, network, and participate in information sessions and talks about developments in business events both locally and worldwide.Notable talks included a keynote speech by Jeong Seongil, Vice-President of Deloitte Korea, on “Global Industry and Technique Trends and the MICE Industry”, a presentation by Professor Yun Eunju of Hallym University on “Reducing Mismatch Rates on Job Creation in the MICE Industry”, and a speech addressing this year’s core theme by UNTWO Vice Secretary-General Carlos Vogeler.Along with dinner banquets and entertainment courtesy of K-pop groups DIA and UAngel, attendees also had the option to join a post-tour on December 13th which visited the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Experience Booth and also unique venue Haslla Art World in Olympic co-host city Gangneung.

This year’s Korea MICE Prize Awards, held on December 12th, acknowledged industry achievement in a range of categories, such as best convention hotel, best MICE Alliance, and others. A full list of the 2017 winners appears below:

Category, Sector, Winner(Person/Organization)

The Korea MICE Bureau would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and thank them for their strong contributions to the Korean meetings industry in 2017!

200 Korea Meetings Industry on Showcase at IMEX America 2017-12-07 39

Korea Meetings Industry on Showcase at IMEX America

IMEX America attendees will have a golden opportunity to meet with key public and private-sector representatives of Korean business events providers when the US trade show returns to Las Vegas this coming October 10-12. Those who visit the Korea booth can expect to discover the various forms of competitive, quality services and support available to events hosted in Korea as well as try a number of fun cultural programs on site.

Newly-available in 2017 for international events hosted in Korea is the official Korea Convention Support Program, in which events meeting certain criteria can qualify for a range of additional programs and services on top of those already provided. Examples include complimentary site inspections, airport welcome banners, pre-and post-tours for event delegates, among others. Korea booth visitors can obtain more information on all of the above by speaking with representatives of the Korea MICE Bureau (KMB), the business events division of the Korea Tourism Organization. They can also find it online at the official KMB website.

Along with the KMB, the Korea booth will also feature 18 other participating Korean meetings sector representatives, including convention bureaus, travel agencies, event venues, convention hotels, and PCOs.As well as meeting with Korea booth exhibitors, visitors can also enjoy several experience programs, such as making postcards and Korean fans using traditional Korean designs. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to get a taste of the forthcoming PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics through a special virtual-reality ski jump experience.

Korea regularly participates in IMEX America, one of the region’s principal trade shows for business events. Around 60,000 industry interactions took place at IMEX America 2016, which was attended by 12,227 people, including 3,216 buyers from 60 countries.Post-IMEX opportunities to meet with the KMB overseas in 2017 include ITB Asia in Singapore from October 25-27 and ibtm world in Spain from November 28-30.

The Korea MICE Bureau would like to welcome in advance visitors to the Korea booth, which will be located at stand D2439. For inquiries, please email mice@knto.or.kr.

199 Accor Ambassador Korea Launches Seoul Dragon City Hotel Complex 2017-12-07 15

Accor Ambassador Korea Launches Seoul Dragon City Hotel Complex

Seoul Dragon City, billed as Korea’s first ‘lifestyle hotel-plex’, has opened in time for Q4 2017, featuring  four Accor Hotels brands, 1,700 rooms, 11 restaurants and bars, 17 meeting rooms, two multi-function grand ballrooms, and a world first: four full floors of entertainment in a Sky Bridge suspended between two of the towers.

Accor Ambassador Korea Launches Seoul Dragon City Hotel Complex

Featuring four distinct AccorHotels brands ranging from luxury to economy, Seoul Dragon City has been designed to cater to every demographic:

  • The Grand Mercure Ambassador Seoul Yongsan is designed for families and long-stay guests who enjoy an upscale lifestyle in a serviced residence, with 202 relaxing rooms featuring warm colors and locally-inspired decorative motifs, prints, pictures and furniture.

  • The Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan is also ideal for long-stay business and leisure guests or those who like more space and flexibility, with 286 spacious modular suites featuring an ergonomic design for work and relaxation and non-partitioned space that can accommodate from one to four guests.

    The Novotel Ambassador Seoul Yongsan will appeal to business and leisure guests seeking a comfortable and easy stay, with 621 large fully-appointed rooms with a simple, modern design, and non-partitioned space that is ideal for individual guests and families.

  • The ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan features 591 colorful and inspiring rooms with a bold personality, making it the choice for business and leisure groups, airline crews, families, friends, and frequent individual travelers who prefer all-inclusive rates.

“2017 has been a record-breaking year for Accor Hotels in South Korea, highlighted by the launch of the largest project we have signed in the country featuring four hotel brands in the same complex, including the introduction of Grand Mercure and Novotel Suites in this market,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor Hotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia.

Together, the four brands can cater to the needs of every guest,” he added. “The Grand Mercure combines rich Korean culture with elegant service, making it a great option for long-stay guests who require full residence services. Our Novotel Suites will attract medium- to long-stay business travelers and families on urban holidays. By the end of this year, the group will have 24 hotels in South Korea, which will be followed by eight more in the next two years. We will also be diversifying our brand portfolio to the luxury segment in the near future.”

Highlights of the Sky Bridge include:

  • King’s Vacation - the only lounge bar in South Korea where guests can experience a European decor that reinterprets the royal vacation, with an innovative range of cuisine and beverages, an indoor miniature swimming pool, Skywalk, and a performance stage.
  • Sky Beach - where guests can experience a private beach club, with music and international cuisine amongst a setting reminiscent of the legendary beach clubs of Spain, Greece, Singapore and Las Vegas.

The new ‘lifestyle hotel-plex’ is strategically located in the center of Seoul close to major business districts such as Yeouido and Gangnam, as well as the commercial districts of Itaewon and Myeong-dong. The complex is adjacent to malls and shopping centers, movie theaters, tourist attractions and embassies. It is 57km from Incheon International Airport and 22km from Gimpo International Airport.

To celebrate the spectacular opening, each of the four Accor Hotels at Seoul Dragon City has launched a ‘Seoul Dragon City Amazing Opening Offer’ at www.accorhotels.com:

  • Grand Mercure Ambassador Seoul Yongsan: 15% discount and a 30,000 KRW F&B voucher each night
  • Novotel Suites Ambassador Seoul Yongsan: 15% discount and a 30,000 KRW F&B voucher each night
  • Novotel Ambassador Seoul Yongsan: 15% discount and a 20,000 KRW F&B voucher each night
  • ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Yongsan: Up to 30% discount inclusive of breakfast
198 KTO Expands Asia Presence with New Overseas Offices in Mongolia and Kazakhstan 2017-12-07 12

KTO Expands Asia Presence with New Overseas Offices in Mongolia and Kazakhstan

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is reaching into new feeder markets in East and Central Asia in 2017 with the July opening of regional offices in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Almaty, Kazakhstan. The move follows increased inbound tourist traffic to Korea from Mongolia and indications of strong tourism potential from Kazakhstan and neighboring countries.

Korea Tourism Organization Overseas Branch Office

The KTO Ulaanbaatar office opened on July 4th, with a special unveiling ceremony conducted at the city’s landmark Blue Sky Tower. This was followed by press interviews, a presentation on KTO services, B-boy dance performance, and dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel, attended by 150 local government officials, business events providers, and media representatives.

Approximately 80,000 Mongolians visited Korea in 2016, 15,000 of these for the purposes of medical tourism, economically a high-impact industry for the country. Because of this, along with a corresponding increase in flights between Korea and Mongolia, the KTO aims to further boost interest in Korea in the North Asian country through hallyu, or Korean Wave culture, such as K-pop and Korean fashion through the new office.The new Almaty office opened to similar fanfare on July 14th, beginning with a commemoration ceremony held at its location in the Green Tower Business Center.

Afterwards, 63 Kazakh government and tourism officials enjoyed a Korea-themed evening featuring a KTO presentation highlighting the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, dinner, and other activities at host venue the Rixos Hotel.Central Asian countries ? Kazakhstan in particular ? are increasingly being seen as feeder markets for Korea with high potential both for inbound medical and general tourism due to their growing economies Kazakhstan, which generates an especially high number of medical tourists, was deemed the ideal choice for a new KTO office in the region.

A special ‘Korea Culture and Tourism Festival’, celebrating 25 years of good relations between Korea and Kazakhstan, is due to take place in Almaty mid-September.Image result for imagine your koreaThe Korea Tourism Organization operates a number of overseas offices in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asian regions to better promote the country as an attractive destination for business, medical, and general tourism in ways more effectively suited to each market. The addition of the Almaty and Ulaanbaatar offices bring the total number to 15.

197 Korea Hosts Business Events Roadshows in Taiwan 2017-07-31 9

Korea Hosts Business Events Roadshows in Taiwan

Korea has been actively engaging event professionals in Taiwan this month through a series of roadshows aimed at promoting the country’s top meeting destinations and services, hosted by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO).

Korea MICE Road Show

Taiwanese industry leaders had the opportunity to chat with their Korean counterparts at two special roadshows; the first scheduled for July 11 in Taipei, the second held in Kaohsiung on July 13th. Along with networking and presentations, each night featured Korean-themed dining, entertainment, and cultural experience programs.

Around 300 Taiwanese industry professionals attended the two events, among them travel agency representatives and other meeting industry suppliers, as well as local press. Joining them were 55 representatives from 33 Korean business events organizations and suppliers, including the Korea MICE Bureau division of the KTO, along with regional convention bureaus, travel agencies, PCOs, hotels, event venues, and others.

Noted Taiwanese speakers included television anchor and broadcaster of Korea-related programming Zhang Qiong Fang, Korea academic expert Professor Guo Qiu Wen, and Asia-wide influential power blogger Jie Fei Ya Wa.

Both roadshows included a Travel Mart for B2B meetings scheduled for the afternoon, followed by a ‘Korea Night’. Highlights of the Korea Night events were a traditional performance related to Baekjung, a Buddhist festival paying tribute to the deceased celebrated across Asia and particularly in the Korean city of Miryang.

Guests were also able to enjoy a presentation on Korea as a business events destination, a dinner of Korean-fusion cuisine, and several hands-on cultural experience activities, such as makgeolli and Korean tea-tasting, and traditional lucky bag and hanji (Korean paper) craft-making.The Taipei roadshow took place at the Mandarin Oriental Taipei Hotel on July 11th; the Kaohsiung event was held at the Grand Hanrai Hotel. More information on this and further roadshow events can be obtained by emailing mice@knto.or.kr.


For the complete schedule of Korea MICE Bureau's roadshow and participation in major trade shows, click here.

196 2017 Global Youth Culture Forum 2017-07-18 34

2017 Global Youth Culture Forum 

2017 Global Youth Culture Forum. For further inquiries, you may contact Professor Choi (+82-54-770-2341)

195 Korean Business Events & Culture to Get IMEX Frankfurt Showcase 2017-05-12 20

Korean Business Events & Culture to Get IMEX Frankfurt Showcase

Korea will be making a big splash at IMEX Frankfurt 2017, this year running from May 15-18, with special programs planned for buyers, as well as cultural events for booth visitors. Attendees will also get to discover Korea’s expanded convention support program and meet face-to-face with the Korea MICE Bureau (KMB) and other top Korean business events providers.


Korea Tourism Organization at IMEX 2017

The new support program represents Korea’s efforts to make itself a more competitive global event host, and offers a range of subventions, cultural programs, and other add-ons for events that meet certain criteria. IMEX booth visitors will be able to chat about the support program with KMB staff during the exhibition, and in the meantime can read more about it online here.

They will also be able to meet with 22 Korea MICE Alliance members, including regional convention bureaus and tourism organizations, as well as many of the nation’s event planners and destination management companies highly experienced in international meetings. [See the full list] In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy plenty of Korean-style fun through a range of on-site experiential programs, such as Korean calligraphy, gimbap (Korean rice roll)-making, and photo opportunities with the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics mascots. [Find out more]

Meanwhile, the KMB will also be co-sponsoring other IMEX Frankfurt events, including an invitation-only luncheon for 100 corporate buyers and the PCMA Business School, both on the 15th. The events will include a short destination presentation on Korea.

A division of the Korea Tourism Organization, the Korea MICE Bureau is the official government-sponsored body in charge of promoting the country as a premier event destination as well as assisting global event planners host successful meetings in Korea and facilitating the many forms of state-sponsored support available for business events. Learn more about the KMB and its services at www.koreaconvention.org.

The KMB looks forward to meeting with IMEX attendees and encourages everyone to take this golden opportunity to discover how Korea goes beyond meetings for business events. The Korea booth will be located at stand B380. For enquiries, please contact mice@knto.co.kr.


For more news and updates on the Korea MICE Industry, visit our online website here.


194 Largest Korea MICE Road Show to Expand S.E. Asian Market 2017-05-11 17

Largest Korea MICE Road Show to Expand Southeast Asian Market


The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) announced that it will be holding a back-to-back MICE Road Show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (May 9) and Singapore (May 12).


Visitors to the Korea MICE Road show are sitting down and listening to the speakers

The Korea MICE Road Show is an event designed to increase the number of incentives and corporate meetings to Korea by bringing a contingent of local Korean travel service providers overseas. The event is comprised of B2B meetings/consultations and an exclusive gala dinner showcasing Korea as a premier MICE destination in Asia to potential buyers.


With over 34 organizations and MICE industry representatives from Korea (including major convention bureaus, convention centers, travel agencies and hotels), the Korea MICE Road Show in Malaysia and Singapore is expected to be the largest MICE Road Show to be held this year. Meanwhile, more than 200 meeting planners and buyers are expected to participate in the event.


Two ladies in a Hanbok riding a rickshaw at Hanok Village.


To make the event more exciting, the Korea Tourism Organization will be bringing with them, for the first time, tourism venture companies such as Artee Riders Club, Hanboknam, and Discover Jeju who are gaining increasing popularity these days. The presence of these companies will provide buyers new experiences and unique contents for their delegates.


“Last March, we hosted a joint MICE Road Show for the first time in India to confirm the huge potential market in that region. Since then, we have engaged in various activities in major Asian cities including Jakarta, Manila, and Hanoi. In the second half of this year, we plan to continue diversifying the tourism incentive market by tapping regions of Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Istanbul in Turkey, and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.” Korea Tourism Organization’s Meetings and Incentives Team Director Cheolbom Park said.                                                                                                  


According to the latest statistics by KTO, more than 100,000 incentive tourists from Southeast Asia visited Korea last year (a 50% increase from the previous year). As of the end of April this year, at least 53,000 incentives tourists were recorded.