The World’s Most Progressive ‘Meet’ and Retreat Destinations_C-Suite Quarterly Destinations(CSQ)2016-01-29
When it comes to settings for the most memorable trade shows, industry conferences, and executive retreats, look to these destinations for venues, hotels, and activities that are anything but conventional
Seoul, South Korea
According to Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, the city has focused on promoting the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Expos) as of Seoul’s future core industries, especially because its economic benefits impact every other aspect of the business sector and economy as a whole. It is also the capital of a country ranked Asia’s fourth largest economy, and a major player among the world’s top exporting nations.
Electronics, Telecommunications, Automobile Production, Steel, Chemicals
LG, Samsung, Hyundai, Kia Motors, Shinhan Financial Group
$1.393 trillion in 2015
Other Fun Facts
A total of 61 Korean companies were ranked on the Forbes Global 2000 Leading Companies list in 2014; Korean electronics giant Samsung currently holds a twenty percent share of the worldwide smartphone market, thanks to the global success of the Samsung Galaxy series.
Spaces and Gathering Places
Dongdaenum Design Plaza (DDP), imagined by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, challenges the conventions of traditional meeting halls with her gravity-defying design; Some Sevit (Floating Islands), built by Haeahn Architecture & H Architecture, mingles classical European elements, contemporary Asian design, and state-of-the-art sound and meeting amenities.
The Four Seasons Seoul (fourseasons.com/seoul), opened October 2015, is steps away from key government buildings and many of Seoul’s most important historic landmarks. However, it is a peerless business venue in itself, with numerous dramatic fine dining options, fantastic cocktail bars (Charles H. and Boccalino Bar), a flawless fitness center, and even a 3-D virtual golf experience!
Mingles Gangnam, an intimate, exclusive space showcasing a hugely imaginative fusion of Italian, French, and Korean technique; Jinjinbara offers finely executed traditional Korean dining at six locations made up mostly of private rooms; Top Cloud, for spectacular city views and a crowd-pleasing mix of Western and Asian dishes.