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  • Seoul selected as top MICE city by Business Traveler for fourth consecutive year

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    Seoul Metropolitan City has been selected as the best MICE city of 2015 by Business Traveler and Global Traveler magazines, top authorities in the business travel sector, thanks to the city government’s strong promotion of tourism and the MICE industry as sources of new growth for Seoul.

    Specifically, Seoul was selected as the “Best International Business Meetings Destination” for its fourth consecutive year since 2012 at the 2015 Best in Business Travel Awards, held annually by the U.S. edition of Business Traveler. This puts Seoul firmly among the ranks of the world’s top MICE cities.


    ▶ Recipients of the Best International Business Meetings Destination award

    Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
    Cities Dallas(U.S.) Honolulu(U.S.) Honolulu(U.S.) Las Vegas(U.S.) Seoul Seoul Seoul Seoul

    In addition, in the 12th annual Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey Awards, hosted by Global Traveler, Seoul was selected as the “Best MICE City” for the second time since 2013, beating Singapore, last year’s winner.


    ▶ Recipients of the Best MICE City Award

    Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
    Cities Bangkok Istanbul Bangkok Barcelona Abu Dabi Seoul Singapore Seoul

    Furthermore, Seoul was listed among the top five convention cities for five consecutive years, from 2010 to 2014, in the ranking of international conference cities announced every June by the Union of International Associations (UIA). In 2014, Seoul hosted a total of 310 international conferences.

    The 2015 Best in Business Travel Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles in January 2016, and the 12th Global Traveler Awards will be in Los Angeles as well, on December 8, 2015.

    Francis Gallagher, the publisher of Global Traveler, visited Seoul last month to interview Mayor Park Won Soon and said, “The award once again demonstrates that the readers of Global Traveler clearly recognize Seoul as one of the most attractive MICE cities, and I look forward to seeing the continued progress of Seoul Metropolitan City going forward.”