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Korea Wins Bid to Host 27th World Congress of Neurology in 2025 2021-10-27 Korea has won the bid for the 27th World Congress of Neurology (WCN 2025). The congress will be held from October 12-16, 2025, at Coex Convention Center in Seoul, with more than 6,000 delegates expected to attend.

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Korea Announces Plans to Host Yeosu World Island Exhibition in 2026 2021-08-19 Korea will host the Yeosu World Island Exhibition in 2026, under the theme 'Connecting the Island, Sea and the Future'.

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Korea Launches New Marketing Campaign for Korea Unique Venues 2021 2021-07-22 Korea MICE Bureau launches a new marketing campaign for Korea Unique Venues, including a set of promotional videos and SNS contents.

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Korea Prepares to Resume Tourism with New International Travel Expo 2021-06-14 Korea will debut a brand new comprehensive travel expo, Korea International Travel Expo (KITE 2021), combining four Korea tourism events under MICE, Korea Travel, Luxury Travel and Medical Wellness sectors this coming June 29 – July 13, 2021.

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Opening of EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall in Daegu 2021-05-20 Daegu City held the Opening Ceremony of EXCO’s 2nd Exhibition Hall (East Wing) on April 28th at the plaza in front of the new exhibition hall.

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Korea Welcomes New Convention Center in Ulsan Metropolitan City 2021-04-23 Korea is set to unveil its newest convention center, Ulsan Exhibition and Convention Center (UECO) on April 29, 2021. UECO will be the 17th convention center in Korea, anticipated to turn the Southeastern Metropolitan City of Ulsan into the next hub for the Korean MICE industry.

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New Cultural Complex Opens in Seoul’s Yeouido District 2021-03-18 A new cultural complex, Parc.1, has opened in Seoul’s Yeouido district, combining business, shopping and leisure in one stop, with the opening of two high-rise office buildings, luxury hotel Fairmont Ambassador Seoul, and The Hyundai Seoul, a new concept shopping center.

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New Aquarium Marks Completion of Suwon MICE Complex 2021-02-15 The opening of a new aquarium, 'Aqua Planet Gwanggyo', completes the Suwon MICE Complex in Gyeonggi Province.

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No. Category Title Date Hit
628 Travel Starlight Tour at Gyeongbokgung Palace Begins August 26 2019-08-26 Hit:996
627 Industry Industry Headquarters and Museums to Spark Inspiration 2019-08-05 Hit:1027
626 Press Release Korea Brings 40th World Congress of Endourology to Seoul 2019-08-05 Hit:1129
625 Notice Korea Wins Bid to Host 11,000 delegates for 2020 USANA ASIA PACIFIC Corporate Meeting 2019-08-05 Hit:1020
624 Industry Post-Meeting Trip Planning: Korea 2019-07-22 Hit:1041
623 Industry Event Highlights: Korea MICE Expo 2019 2019-07-22 Hit:1026
622 Press Release Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall in Daegu 2019-07-16 Hit:1027

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall in Daegu

Daegu EXCO 2nd Exhibition Hall bird's eye view

Daegu City and EXCO held a groundbreaking ceremony for the ‘EXCO 2ndExhibition Hall’ on July 2, 2019 at the construction site of the 2ndexhibition hall east of EXCO. Approximately 500 people attended the ceremony, including residents, organizations, and corporate representatives.


Korea’s 3rd largest city, Daegu is the center of tourism and culture in Korea’s Southeastern region. With its own international airport and easy access from Seoul by high-speed KTX train, the city has had success in hosting multiple international events, including the 2013 World Energy Congress and 2015 World Water Forum. The city’s main industries include fashion textile, machinery, metal, and automobiles.


Established in 2001, EXCO is Daegu’s major exhibition & convention center. As Korea’s first provincial convention center, EXCO led the exhibition and convention industry when it first opened. However, the convention facility faced limitations and criticism due to lack of exhibition space. With Daegu City’s winning bid to host the World Gas Conference in 2021, demand for expansion escalated and Daegu City gave the long-awaited approval to begin the expansion project.  


The new exhibition hall will boast a total of 40,471 with 1 underground and 2 aboveground floors. The tentative completion date is set for February 2021, with estimated construction costs of 269.4 billion won ($269.4 million). With the new expansion, EXCO’s total display area will exceed 30,000 , satisfying requirements for hosting large-scale international events. 


"With the expansion of the second exhibition hall, EXCO will now have the capacity to become an exhibition and convention center of international scale. We will use this opportunity to further develop the regional MICE industry’s competitiveness,” said Kwon Young-Jin, Mayor of Daegu City.


Further in the works is Daegu’s EXCO metro line, scheduled to open in 2027. The new metro line, in conjunction with the expanded exhibition space, will contribute greatly to Daegu City’s MICE industry. Daegu City anticipates the new expansion will foster lodging, tourism, food, manufacturing and logistics industries associated with the MICE industry, as well as create new jobs and boost the local economy.


621 Travel Easier Departure Clearance for International Tourists 2019-07-09 Hit:1022
620 Travel Top 10 Jeju Attractions to Visit this June 2019-06-19 Hit:1039
619 Press Release Korea’s Leading Business Events’ Trade Show to Kick-off on June 12 2019-05-21 Hit:1049