Planners attracted to Seoul’s comprehensive support programme

Popular PLUS SEOUL scheme helping South Korean capital win major bids

The IBA Annual Conference 2019 is one of several global events utilising the PLUS SEOUL support programme.

SEOUL - The South Korean capital of Seoul is fast becoming a favourite destination for global meetings and events planners, thanks to the city's comprehensive support programme, PLUS SEOUL.

Following an "upgrade" for 2019, the initiative provides a wide range of support for international conferences from bidding to hosting. This includes bidding clinic, promotion, site inspections of recommended venues, conference apps, and other programs, plus the option to use local trained multilingual operational event staff.

PLUS SEOUL also provides highly-customised add-on features for events, ranging from branded souvenirs and partial bus wraps to special teambuilding activities, cultural performances, and more.

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IBA delegates trying their hands at cultural activities.

And meetings and events planners all over the world are lapping it up.

The latest example of major global organisations utilising PLUS SEOUL's support programmes and services is the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference. The mega gathering of the international legal profession in Seoul follows the footsteps of the International Standards Organization (ISO)'s TC258 Plenary Meeting from Sept 23-27, while the Computer Vision Foundation (CVF) and IEEE Computer Society will bring ICCV Expo 2019 to Seoul from Oct 29 - Nov 1.

All these events are using PLUS SEOUL to enhance their activities.

Hosted at Coex, Seoul's largest meeting facility, the IBA Conference was held in Korea's capital for the first time since the association's inception in 1947. Attended by some 5,000 legal professionals from 120 countries, the event also featured a strong local government presence, including Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and a video message from President Moon Jae-in.

Meanwhile, the ISO TC258 Plenary Meeting - one of many annual ISO gatherings hosted in Seoul - took place at Seoul Dragon City, a new Accor hotel complex in Seoul's Yongsan district. The gathering was attended by 60 ISO representatives from 38 countries.

Also set to take place at Coex, ICCV 2019 will unite 5,000 individuals in the field of computer vision, including academics, professionals, researchers, and students.

On top of the programme, Seoul's appeal as a highly-safe and capable international event destination has contributed strongly to its selection by event planners for global conferences.

The city currently ranks third worldwide for the number of meetings hosted the previous year, according to the latest UIA International Meetings Statistics Report - a position it has now held four years' running.

Seoul also sits in 15th place in the ICCA city ranking.

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