Busan has been selected to host the 2022 International Council on Combustion Engines (CIMAC) Congress, which will also be the event’s 20th edition since its Paris debut in 1951. More than 1,000 global experts in international combustion and related fields are expected to attend the congress, scheduled to take place at BEXCO, Busan’s primary convention centre.
The decision to offer Busan hosting duties was made at a CIMAC board of directors meeting held in Frankfurt on October 31st following a compelling destination presentation delivered by the Korea Federation of Combustion Engines (KOFCE). Speaker Dr. Cha Jihyeop emphasized Korea’s strong heavy industries sector and abundance of engineering experts, as well as citing prominent local manufacturers Hyundai Heavy Industry, HSD Engine, and STX, among others. Support was also provided by the Busan Metropolitan Government, Busan Tourism Organization (BTO), and BEXCO.
“CIMAC is an especially meaningful congress for Busan, given our city’s role as Korea’s largest port and Busan’s large marine industries sector,” commented a BTO official. “The knowledge-sharing opportunities CIMAC offers with global engineers and the chance to highlight Busan’s industrial capabilities will both create broad scope for mutual growth,” he added.
Busan is currently the seventh-highest ranking convention city worldwide, according to the latest UIA International Meetings Statistics report. A total of 11,392 business events were hosted by Busan in 2017, while the first half of 2018 saw the securing of 21 bid wins for incentive events, expecting to draw some 15,000 corporate travellers from overseas.
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