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Buoyant Busan to host 15,000 diabetes specialists

International Diabetes Federation chooses South Korea for 2019 Congress

Pictured: KTO VP of International Tourism Min Min-hong

South Korea will host the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress 2019 – the largest conference in the field – following a successful bid that was four years in the making.

Up to 15,00 delegates, two-thirds from overseas, are expected at the flagship event, which is scheduled to be held at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center from December 2-6, 2019.

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), along with Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Tourism Organization, and the Korean Diabetes Association together formed the bidding committee that made the announcement of the bid win at the IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi recently.

The successful bid was several years in the making. KTO began its efforts in 2013, and submitted a bid proposal to the IDF last year.  They also helped with site inspections.

KTO VP of International Tourism Min Min-hong said: “We hope this bid win has a positive impact on the minds of event planners, and helps to continue to grow confidence in our meetings industry.”  

Despite sabre rattling from the north, South Korea continues to be a popular destination for international events.  Recent statistics by the Union of International Associations ranked Korea number one for international events in 2016, further proving the resilience of Korea’s meetings industry.  

Brussels-based IDF was founded in 1950 to increase awareness of diabetes and to promote care, prevention and cure of the disease. It has hundreds of member from some 170 countries.

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