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Successful FCCI Meeting

The Seoul Tourism Organization (STO) has announced that the first Action Forum of the Future Convention Cities Initiative (FCCI) held in Seoul (March 20th – 22nd) had achieved its goals of bringing all of the FCCI members together for the first time, agreeing on a program of strategic research, exchanging knowledge around key priorities for member cities and sharing expertise with leaders in national and local government and the Korean meetings industry.

The FCCI is a global strategic research and knowledge exchange partnership of the convention bureaus of seven leading cities in the global conventions industry – Abu Dhabi, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, London, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney and Toronto. FCCI is co-ordinated by Fast Future Research – authors of the Convention 2020 study on the future of the meetings industry.

The event included meetings and functions with Mr. Choung, Byoung-gug, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hon. Oh Se-Hoon, Mayor of Seoul, Dr. Kyung-won Chung, Deputy Vice-Mayor of Seoul and Mr. Charm Lee, CEO of Korea Tourism Organization. The participants also delivered seminars for the leaders of the Korean meetings industry and conducted private FCCI working sessions.

Rohit Talwar, the Executive Director of FCCI and CEO of Fast Future said, “I congratulate STO on putting together an exceptional event which met all of our objectives, demonstrated the talent and capabilities of the Korean meetings industry, highlighted the range and quality of meetings facilities in Seoul and showcased Korea’s world class hospitality standards.”

Talwar added, “The Forum has really helped accelerate the FCCI research program and highlighted how much we can achieve by working together in a focused and intensive manner.”

Samuel Koo, President and CEO of Seoul Tourism Organization said, “I think we made tremendous progress in sharing practical insights, and initiating a research agenda for studies that will provide genuine competitive advantage to FCCI members and benefit the meetings industry as a whole.  For STO the learning experience was also tremendous, we gathered research insights, practical experience and ideas that would have taken years to accumulate and which will help guide and accelerate our development.”