For Koreans, the southern coastal city of Yeosu has long been a beloved seaside retreat. In 2012, it gained a whole new lease of life as an international event venue by hosting the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea world fair, forever changing the way people saw the once-sleepy fishing town.
The expo was an ideal global showcase for the stunning new MICE facilities of Yeosu, and the city’s MICE sector has enjoyed rapid growth ever since. Between 2013 and 2015, the number of international exhibitions hosted by Yeosu has grown by a factor of almost 5. According to Yeosu City, in 2015, the region was was host to 434 exhibitions attended by over 150,000 visitors.
Following is an introduction to some of the main meeting spaces that are earning Yeosu international acclaim as a new MICE destination.
Yeosu Expo Convention Center
Officially opened in 2012, the Yeosu Expo Convention Center was the main venue for Expo Yeosu 2012, which welcomed 8,203,956 visitors from 105 different countries during its three-month run. Its design a reflection of the surrounding ocean, the Yeosu Expo Convention Center offers specially-designed indoor and outdoor event spaces suitable for world-class meetings.
Among the Yeosu Expo Convention Center’s 13 function rooms is the 1180㎡ Expo Hall with capacity for up to 978 in theater mode. For exhibitions, the convention center offers two halls able to host up to 130 booths in total. Elsewhere are the Expo Digital Media Gallery, with room for a maximum of 3,000 visitors, and the Big O outdoor stage, with seating for up to 2,200 people. [Learn more about Expo Ocean Park’s attractions]
From Incheon International Airport: Take the all-stop AREX train to Gongdeok Station and transfer to the Gyeongui Line bound for Yongsan Station. From there, take the KTX to Yeosu Expo Station (about 3 hours). The Yeosu Expo complex is directly adjacent.
The MVL Hotel Yeosu
Built to serve as the main accommodation venue for Expo 2012’s dignitaries, The MVL Hotel Yeosu offers convenient access to the surrounding Yeosu Expo area, and can serve as an additional event venue in its own right. Among the more recent events it has hosted is the 9th International Abalone Symposium in 2015, which brought together 381 participants from 16 countries.
The hotel’s 311 guestrooms include a selection of internationally themed suites and range in size from 34㎡ to 151㎡. Guests can experience scenic ocean views from the MVL Hotel Yeosu’s 26th floor Sky Lounge. For meetings and banquets, the hotel offers 7 event spaces, the largest of which is the 841.5㎡ Grand Ballroom with capacity for up to 680 people in theater mode and can be separated into 2 spaces.
Among the hotel’s other spaces, the 261.2㎡ Euros I Junior Ballroom is available for smaller functions, able to host 200 persons and offers a viewing space to take in the area’s natural scenery. Meanwhile, dining-style meetings and events are possible at The MVL Yeosu’s four dining venues; these include a café, barbeque restaurant, and a Chinese-style buffet. Outdoors, visitors can take advantage of the MVL’s prime location nearby Yeosu Expo and Odongdo Island.