Changwon, the gateway to Korea’s spectacular southern coast, is a strong industrial city surrounded by some of the country’s most important natural environments – from extensive wetlands to prime agricultural land.
Perhaps appropriately, environmental concerns in particular played a major role in putting Changwon’s major convention facilities on the map, and these have continued to be a forum for global debate ever since. Following is an introduction to what event planners can expect in the Changwon convention district and beyond.
Changwon Exhibition & Convention Center (CECO)
Officially opened in 2005, CECO gained early international recognition when it hosted the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP10) in 2008. Since then, it has built upon its reputation for hosting significant congresses on environmental concerns through such meetings as UNCCD COP 10 (UN Convention to Combat Desertification) in 2011 and the 15th International Conference on harmful Algae in 2012. The center is also a member of various international business events networks, including ICCA, the IAEE, and the UFI, a testament to its capabilities as a world-class meetings and exhibition facility.
Among the six-floor building’s facilities is a 1,653m² convention hall with capacity for up to 2,000 persons, and which can be subdivided into three spaces. For exhibitions, CECO offers 7,827m² of space across 2 halls with capacity for up to 500 3x3m booths. Elsewhere is a 480m² conference room dividable into two and suitable for medium-sized functions for up to 400 persons. There is even a 3,148m² outdoor exhibition space on the 3rd floor for fair-weather events. Free WiFi is available on site.
Did you know? A key factor in CECO’s hosting of COP10 was the presence of the Upo wetland complex north of Changwon in surrounding Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang) Province. One of Korea’s eight Ramsar wetlands and the nation’s largest inland wetland, the Upo complex is a major tourism attraction for the region worth visiting.
City7 Pullman Ambassador
Located right next door to CECO, the capable Accor property can serve as an additional MICE facility or as an event venue in its own right, while also providing accommodation, dining and leisure options to Changwon’s business visitors. The hotel’s 321 guestrooms offer a choice of Western and Korean bedding and range in size from 22.8m² to 87.9m². For meetings and banquets, the City7’s 900m² Grand Ballroom has capacity for up to 800 persons and can be divided into 3 spaces.
Smaller functions can also be held in the 374m² Villade Room, able to host up to 200 persons and which can also be rearranged into 3 spaces. Meanwhile, dining-style gatherings and other business meetings are possible at the hotel’s Blupin buffet restaurant, “Mandarin” Chinese restaurant, and the Pullman Lounge bar.
For entertainment and shopping, visitors can take advantage of the City7 Mall, containing a CGV movie theater, retail stores, and other dining options. Those wanting to stretch their legs can also enjoy a nice riverside stroll just across the road from the hotel.
From Seoul Station: Approximately 3 hours to Changwon Station. From there, about 10 minutes’ drive by taxi.
From Incheon International Airport to Gimhae Airport: Approximately 50 minutes’ flight. Shuttle buses to CECO take approximately 30-40 minutes.