Seoul Convention Bureau
The Seoul Convention Bureau, a division of the Seoul Tourism Organization, is the official government-sponsored body representing and promoting the city overseas as a prime venue for meetings, conventions and exhibitions. It also provides multilayered support to foreign and domestic event planners choosing Seoul to host their conference, and acts as an information service for business tourists and the media on Seoul’s conventions infrastructure.
The variety of support offered by the SCB includes assisting organizers through every step of the event-hosting process, from the initial bidding phase to the actual hosting of the event. Comprehensive financial subsidies are offered for events of all sizes as are a multitude of expert meetings volunteers. Additional support includes airport welcoming services, transport services, site inspections, and cultural familiarization tours for organizers, travel agents and the media.
In addition to providing professional volunteers, the SCB operates special training programs for convention experts as well as programs for the development of MICE services and the local meetings industry as a whole.
Overseas, the SCB actively promotes Seoul by regularly participating in major industry trade shows and special events showcasing the city as a business and tourism destination, while strengthening ties with existing markets and making inroads into new ones. The organization also works with the Seoul MICE Alliance, an association of the city’s major business hotels, convention centers, transport authorities, travel agencies, and professional convention organizers to further strengthen Seoul’s position overseas as a comprehensive meetings destination.
The SCB is also a key information resource for the global media on everything from Seoul’s various attractions to all the latest news and developments in the local meetings industry.
By successfully hosting numerous prestigious international events and conventions, Seoul is now fully prepared to hold such major meetings and MICE-related gatherings.
Experiences of hosting int'l event Conventions with over 2,000 participants
- The 9th World Congress on Sleep Apnea | 2,500 participants
- 2009 Herbalife Extravaganza | 10,000 participants
- 14th Asia-Pacific Retailers Convention & Exhibition Korea 2009 | 3,000 participants
- The 14th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology | 2,500 participants
- 10th Biennial Conference International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) | 2,000 participants
- XXIII IUFRO World Congress | 2,500 participants
- 7th World Stroke Congress 2010 | 2,500 participants
- 11th Triennial Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) | 2,000 participants
- Siggraph Asia 2010 | 20,000 participants
- The XIXth Congress of International Comparative Literature Association | 1,000 participants
- The 26th Annual Conference of the International Exhibition Logistics Association (IELA) | 500 participants
- 60th CIDESCO World Congress and Exhibition | 5,000 participants
- International Gastric Cancer Congress (IGCC) | 3,000 participants
- The 22nd World Congress of Dermatology (WCD 2011) | 15,000 participants
- The 8th International Abilympics in 2011 | 3,000 participants
- 43rd World Intellectual Property Congress | 6,000 participants
- ICME-12 | 3,500 participants
- 13th International Congress of Toxicology (ICT 2013) | 6,000 participants
- The 20th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics | 3,500 participants
- 15th World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) World Congress of Neurosurgery | 3,000 participants
- The 20th World Congress of International Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies | 5,000 participants
- The 20th World Congress of Soil Science | 3,000 participants
- 29th World Congress of Internal Medicine | 5,000 participants
Seoul's major conventions 2000-2008 Conventions with over 2,000 participants
- ASEM Summit, APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting
- World Tourism Organization General Congress
- The 8th International Congress of Ecology
- Korea-Japan World Cup 2002
- The 4th International Symposium on Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance
- General Assembly of International Council of Museums
- Asia-Oceania Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- JCI Seoul World Congress
- World Conference on Lung Cancer
- The 9th International Congress on Cell Biology