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Seoul to host World Congress of Gastroenterology in 2023

About 5,000 gastroenterology experts from across the world to attend event

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WCOG will be hosted by South Korea for the first time in 2023.

SEOUL - The capital city of South Korea, Seoul, has won the bid to host the World Congress of Gastroenterology (WCOG) in 2023.

Hosted by South Korea for the first time, WCOG is a global symposium with roughly 5,000 gastroenterology experts participating from around the world. The five-day conference will be held at Seoul's COEX Convention & Exhibition Center on Nov 15-19, 2023.

The city of Seoul had partnered Seoul Tourism Organization, the Korea Tourism Organization, and the Korean Society of Gastroenterology, in the bidding process, which saw the city going neck-and-neck against bids from India and New Zealand.

WCOG bid committee chairman Lee Dong-gi said: "The Korean Society of Gastroenterology will host WCOG 2023 in conjunction with the Korea Digestive Disease Week, KDDW. KDDW is an annual symposium supported by Korean gastroenterology and other related associations.

"By doing so, we expect to strengthen the networking among gastroenterology associations as well as cementing Korea's leading position in the United States, Europe as well as in Asia."

Jun Yong-tae, Director of the Tourism and Sports Bureau of Seoul City, stated: "For a successful WCOG 2023, we will provide financial support for international conferences and integrated visitor services.

"This, in turn, will help increase the attractiveness and satisfaction of Seoul as a MICE city for attendees of international events in 2023."