Located at the center of the Far East, Korea has for thousands of years been the place where East meets West. It has received worldwide recognition as a new convention destination for the new millennium, offering brand-new state-of-the-art convention facilities for meetings from 10 to 20,000 people and in locales from metropolitan cities or resort islands or mountain retreats.

vital statistics

Korea Convention Bureau
c/o Korea National Tourism Organization
10 Da-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-180, Korea
822-7299-555; Fax: 822-778-2326
Sales contact: Mr. Deok-Hyun Jo
mice@knto.or.kr; www.tour2korea.com

  • New York Office:
    (201) 585-0909; (800) 868-7567
    Fax: (201) 585-9041; kntony@ring3.net

  • Chicago Office:
    (312) 981-1717/19; (800) 868-7567
    Fax: (312) 981-1721; kntocg@idt.net

  • Los Angeles Office:
    (323) 634-0280; (800) 868-7567
    Fax: (323) 634-0281; kntola@mail.wcis.com

comfortable and affordable accommodations

With more than 480 hotels with 51,000 rooms, Korea offers a wide range of choices from clean budget inns to deluxe hotels managed by international and local chains. For those who would like to experience the local culture, interesting homestay programs are also available at a very attractive price.

easy access and convenient transportation

With the launching of Korea's new world-class Incheon International Airport in March 2001, Korea is becoming a major transportation hub for East Asia, guaranteeing easier and more comfortable access than ever before. The airport will be able to handle 170,000 flight operations and 27 million passengers annually. Seoul's major convention facilities are located within an hour's reach from the Incheon International Airport.

major events in korea

Korea has a long record of handling mega-events, beginning with the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Upcoming events include the 7th ICCA Congress Exhibition, incorporating the 42nd ICCA General Assembly in 2003 and the 53rd Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) Annual Conference in 2004.

reason enough to visit

Korea lies in the temperate zone and has four distinct seasons. The country has retained much of its five-millennium-old cultural heritage and its exotic charm. Among many historical sites, seven are on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.

The capital, Seoul, numbers over 10 million people and has 19,171 guest rooms in a total of 107 hotels. All mainstream political and cultural activities run through the city, making it a colorful place. Seoul's wide variety of shopping includes arcades, department stores, duty-free shops, and outdoor markets.

Korean cuisine is an adventure in aromas and tastes, making good use of garlic, peppers, soy sauce, and ginger‥

Sports include mountaineering, yachting, rafting, horseback riding, and skiing, as well as Korean folk games.

A lively entertainment scene blends classic culture with modern trends, and includes classical concerts, traditional dance, and nightclubs.