possible thanks to hygiene measures of all kinds With our preventive on site measures as good practices during the Covid 19 period we won ICCA s Best Marketing Award in 2020 What has happened at Kintex this year and what are your expectations for 2022 Our business department under Kintex exec utive vice president Jong Geun Park expects to hold about 100 trade shows by the end of this year Next year there should be even more This means that the exhibition busi ness of Korea s largest venue is back to nor mal much faster than expected However the meeting and conference sector has been more harshly affected by the pandemic and international travel limits and bans We will have to wait a few more months to see the actual outcome Unlike the trade fair busi ness conferences and events are struggling Based on careful expectations Kintex only plans to have its general business result back to the level of 2019 in about 2 years What are the reasons for these expectations We re always discussing the plans with our clients and plan ahead based on their actual interview inputs Organisers are able to stage shows under Covid conditions and are fully accustomed to the norms Kintex is now run ning the Preparation Group for Kintex III the third phase of development It brings to gether experts from Kintex and our govern ment shareholders The expansion will add over 70 000 square metres of hall space by 2025 with further outdoor exhibiting areas and more conference spaces Once complet ed Kintex hopes to benefit from the GTX Kintex station that will start operating in late 2023 Thanks to the connection to the high speed rail network the journey to Seoul s city centre will only take 18 minutes which will immensely change the metropolitan MICE scenarios Internationally Kintex is also active in In dia operating the new IICC event centre in Delhi with Kinexin What is the current situation at the construction site Things have certainly been delayed due to India s Covid crisis which has been going on for months However we have now mo bilised over 4 000 workers who are working on the construction site in Dwarka near the international airport At present the con struction of the 60 000 square metre exhibi tion halls and the congress centre also 60 000 square metres in size is around 70 per cent complete When will this first stage be finished We are expecting it to be completed within the next year including sufficient time for testing activities Is the IICC now open for bookings or reservations We are now cooperating with numerous global organisers and Indian MICE organis ers in order to stage numerous trade fairs exhibitions and large congresses in the debut year and beyond We also welcome all Euro pean organisers by opening wide the huge gateway to India We can become their trade show incubator as a long term partner They can develop great international business shows in the capital city of India which has over 1 3 billion English speaking people Do you feel that the IICC s opening will change the Indian exhibition market Of course as India suffers from insufficient venue space for numerous international con ventions and shows waiting in the wings The IICC and other upcoming new venues will enlarge the general pool of options for the MICE industry Even Bollywood and Hol lywood films can be shot here We expect that in about 10 years India will need much more space again as business tourism in creases www iiccnewdelhi com PB 34 TradeFairs Internation al 3 2021 INTERNATIONAL IICC Baustelle in Delhi Zu rund 70 Prozent abgeschlossen IICC construction site in Delhi Around 70 per cent complete Ph ot o K in ex in

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