September 6 (Sun) – 9 (Wed), 2020 / Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Korea
Incheon is Korea’s 4th largest city and located just west of Seoul on the Yellow Sea. Incheon is on a map Incheon and Seoul appear to be connected, however, both cities have different jurisdictions and local governments and their policymakers work separately.
Over the past decade Incheon has experienced unprecedented growth. Incheon is now home to the world’s largest international airport and free economic zone and is poised to continue its ever-expanding infrastructure. High rise apartments are going up by the dozens and recent plans for the Incheon twin towers will showcase the world’s 3rd and 4th tallest skyscrapers. Incheon is the perfect alternative for those who want to live and work in a big city yet don’t want the constant grind and congestion of Seoul. Additionally, a quick 30 – 60 min bus or subway ride brings you right into downtown Seoul, also it takes just 50 min by public transportations to the Incheon International Airport.
The Songdo Convensia Convention Center is the first project completed in Songdo IBD and opened for business on October 7, 2008. Its innovative design by KPF and Baum elicits thoughts of the Sydney Opera House and is already a landmark structure in Korea. The main exhibition hall has one of the largest column-free spans (472.4 ft) in Asia. Donated to the City of Incheon by Gale International and POSCO E&C and managed by Incheon Tourism Organization, Songdo Convensia now hosts international conferences, trade shows, and meetings, and has even become a popular filming location for commercials and music videos.
Facilities available at Songdo Convensia include two main exhibition halls, 23 conference rooms, and 3 ballrooms. Some of the support facilities at Songdo Convensia include wireless internet capabilities throughout the entire convention center, RFID card systems, voice recognition cameras, and interpretation in 8 languages.
Recently, Songdo Convensia received LEED New Construction 2.2 Certified rating, and become the first convention facility to be LEED certified in Asia.