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UIA World Top 5 Convention

Seoul Retains UIA World Top 5 Convention Ranking for 3rd Straight Year

Seoul has placed 5th worldwide for the third consecutive year for the number of international conferences it has hosted according to criteria set by the Union of International Associations (UIA). Seoul hosted a total of 253 UIA qualified meetings in 2012, a 10% increase from the 232 it hosted in 2011.


The latest ranking is in line with the main goals set by the Seoul Convention Bureau, the business events marketing division of the Seoul Tourism Organization. When it was established in 2008, the Seoul Convention Bureau set the ambitious target of hitting the top 5 by 2015. Seoul hit the mark five years early in 2010, the first time it would be ranked fifth worldwide for the hosting of international conferences by the UIA.


"Seoul has a very competitive and hard-working meetings industry, and we look forward to producing even greater results in the future. Although there is still much work to be done, these latest UIA findings are concrete evidence that our efforts are paying off," said Kim Kihyun, Director of the Seoul Metropolitan Government's Tourism Business Division.



“They also reflect an unwavering confidence in Seoul by the international community in its ability to deliver strong and attractive support packages for Seoul-based events. Naturally, the city plans to keep on doing just that,” added Kim, whose department provides funding for the Seoul Convention Bureau.


New meeting venues and hotels in the city are set to significantly boost Seoul’s meetings capacity and its competitive edge in the rankings. In particular, Seoul’s popular tourism and shopping area, Dongdaemun, will gain a new unique meeting venue for the city in the form of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) - which was designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid. The JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square hotel is scheduled to open opposite the DDP early next year, and in 2016 a Hyatt Place is scheduled for opening nearby as well.


This year two of the major events Seoul hosted were the 13th International Congress of Toxicology in May (3,000 attendees) and the 20th IFOS World Congress earlier in June (6,000 attendees).