Korea More Competitive
The Korea MICE Bureau (KMB) has stepped up its efforts to make hosting international meetings in Korea more competitive than ever through the launch of its expanded ‘Korea Convention Support Program’. Those who apply for the program using the KMB’s online Request for Proposal system during March will also be eligible for additional benefits, designed to enhance the experience of event delegates during their visit to Korea.
The range of support programs on offer in 2017 falls into a range of categories, the eligibility for which is determined by an event’s size and duration. For events running at least three days and with either more than 100 overseas attendees or 50 attendees in total if organized by an international body, items include a complimentary banquet for delegates, cultural programs and tours, performances, and high-quality Korean souvenirs.
Larger events with a minimum of 1,000 attendees can receive all this plus digital welcome signage and a special concierge desk at Incheon International Airport, an on-site cultural booth, and pre- and post-tours organized by the KMB. In addition, events with at least 3,000 attendees are eligible for their own immigration checkpoint at the airport to speed up processing.
Complimentary KMB bidding support services are also offered to those seeking to bring an event to Korea, including site inspections inclusive of airfare and accommodation, while the KMB will act as a central liaison between event organizers and local service providers. As with the above, eligibility criteria applies.
Those who sign up online for the convention support program between now and March 31st will receive free Korean souvenirs for their event delegates. To participate in the event, visit bit.ly/KMICE_RFP.
In 2016, the KMB revamped its official website adding a range of online tools to help international planners take the guesswork out of hosting events in Korea. This notably included the addition of a Request for Proposal page that allows planners to upload up to 100Mb of documentation for review. To access this and other online tools, such as a venue and accommodation database, downloadable guides, and more, please visit www.koreaconvention.org.