MANILA, Philippines — To a mind of many Filipinos, South Korea is a ride finish for K-pop, K-drama, K-beauty and anything associated to Hallyu. It is somewhere fans can get closer to their idols and knowledge a Korean approach of life.
South Korea is also famous globally as a tip finish for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, or MICE. In 2015, a nation welcomed 1.56 million MICE travelers, and given then, has available an annual boost of 13%.
The MICE marketplace is what a Korean Tourism Organization in a Philippines wishes to daub into, given a augmenting seductiveness in and recognition of Korea. In 2018, over 500,000 Filipinos visited a adjacent country, Korean Ambassador to a Philippines Han Dong-Man said.
Of this figure, about 3,500 visited as partial of MICE groups, John Bonifacio, partner manager of KTO Manila, told Philstar.com at a recently hold Korea MICE Con during Dusit Thani Manila in Makati City.
For Bonifacio, this series is significant. “The MICE groups are really critical for us given among a other segments like preparation or leisure, they are a biggest contributors in tourism, spending correct given they ride in large groups,” Bonifacio explained.
He also celebrated an boost in visits in prior years, call KTO Manila to lift a aim to 4,000 MICE visitors for 2019.
“Right now we are really tighten to 2,500, some-more than half of a goal. Most of a ride incentives occur between a months of Nov and January. This is time when companies endowment their overworked employees. We are awaiting a lot of departures toward a finish of a year,” Bonifacio said, assured that they will strech aim for 2019.
To serve grow a MICE market, KTO Manila grown a special visa focus for companies arranging for MICE travel, as mandated by a Korean Embassy.
Corporations, listed on a Philippine Stock Exchange, might now find for visa publicity from KTO before requesting for a Korean visa. With this focus procedure, a corporate organisation that will ride to Korea for MICE functions would usually need to contention passports, visa focus forms, certificates of employment, and a KTO visa publicity form. Applications underneath this procession will not be compulsory to contention financial papers such as bank certificate, bank matter and income taxation return.
This came after a embassy eased visa applications in Jun for Filipinos headed to Korea. There is also a ongoing E-Group Visa Application procedure.
The proclamation was meant generally for Korea MICE Con attendees, that was stoical of member from a tip 12 Philippine-based corporate ride agencies, and participants from a business sector, ride industry, academe and a media.
“We envisioned this year’s Korea MICE Con to be a jubilee and an event for us to showcase a best of what Korea has to offer for your corporate meetings and inducement ride needs,” pronounced KTO Manila Director Joon Kil Jo.
Here are 6 of a best offerings that ranked Korea as a tip MICE finish worldwide:
1. Unique venues in 13 MICE bureaus
With such tellurian and diversified MICE market, Korea has determined a possess MICE Bureau, now handling in 13 locations namely Seoul, Busan, Jeju, Gyeonggi, Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Changwon, Gyeongju, Gangwon, Goyan and Cheongsong.
In any region, gathering centers operation from normal to ultra-modern, architectural to historical—but all versed with a latest technologies and facilities. Find a one that meets your event’s mandate and a “wow” factor.
2. Enchanting and sparkling attractions
Korea’s tip cities for MICE bureaus are also abounding with lively and sparkling attractions—enticing visitors to try any region. There are 12 Unesco World Heritage Sites such as lava caves, Neolithic tombs, and authentically recorded folk villages, among others.
There is many to see from chronological sites to healthy wonders, as good as a humanities and enlightenment scene. Get a glance of a many inflexible countries in a universe during a demilitarized zone, or DMZ, between North and South Korea.
At a Korea MICE Con in Manila, a Gyeonggi operation was highlighted by a partnership with a Gyeonggi Tourism Office.
Only 1.5 hours divided from Seoul, a fifth biggest operation is home to singular thesis parks such as a Gwangmyeongdong Cave, formerly an deserted mine; Petite France, desirous by a French panorama that became environment for “My Love from Another Star,”; and a Starlight Garden OOOZOOO, an enlightenment thesis park.
3. Added perks and privileges
Aside from a special visa application, KTO Manila also offers some-more perks for Filipino MICE travelers. “For years now, KTO and several informal tourism organizations such as GTO are providing commemoration gifts and giveaway opening tickets, and arranging acquire events during a airfield for corporate groups,” Bonifacio said.
4. Accessibility and efficiency
An permitted heart in Asia, Korea is within a three-hour moody radius to one-third of a world’s population. The Incheon International Airport carries 85 airlines drifting to 188 cities worldwide.
Once there, get around a nation by quick and available ride options such as high-speed trains, buses, subways and taxis. All vital cities are permitted within 3 hours.
5. Cutting-edge IT infrastructure
For corporate meetings and events, knowledge super-fast connectors and seamless IT services. A full operation of IT resources promote communications and maximize preference among attendees. More so, Korea’s clever IT infrastructure engages participants and promotes sell of ideas and data.
6. More things to do
There are crowd things to do in Korea that excite visitors for both business and leisure. Savor authentic Korean food, revisit selling meccas, suffer night life and K-pop concerts, relax and reinvigorate in sauna resorts, and relief of modernized medical treatments or cosmetic procedures.