The new support programme will provide a single eligibility criteria for all international conventions.

Korea MICE Bureau, under the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), has released an updated COVID-19 support programme to provide extra assistance to international conventions affected by the pandemic.

The new support programme allows for more conventions to receive support with relaxed eligibility criteria, and introduces adjustments which take hybrid and online events into account.

Whereas the previous support provided different eligibility criteria depending on whether the convention was hosted by an international organisation or not, the new support programme will provide a single eligibility criteria for all international conventions.

Under the new eligibility criteria, all conventions must have a minimum of 100 total attendees with at least 50 foreign attendees, and the event must last a day or longer. Furthermore, online, offline and hybrid meetings all qualify for support, and the total attendee count will include both online and offline attendees.

International conventions that satisfy the above criteria are further distinguished into A and B Type events depending on the event start date. Conventions with a starting date between 10 November 2020 and 30 June 2021 will fall under Type A, and events with a start date from 13 April to 9 November 2020 will fall under Type B. The application deadline for Type B events is 10 December 2020. The amount of support provided will vary depending on the type and size of the event.

In addition to this base support, extra support items have been added as well, including support towards digital technology use during the event, support for venue rental and labor costs related to COVID-19 prevention, support for events held at Unique Venues and more.

Select support items are available only for A Type events, so please be sure to check the support guidelines for full details. The updated support guidelines and eligibility criteria document can be found on the Korea MICE Bureau website under Conventions Support.

Meanwhile, this year’s first-ever hybrid Korea MICE Expo (KME) kicked off earlier this week to a successful start and continues through the end of this week. You can still access the virtual platform and watch videos of the opening ceremony and conference sessions at

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