KITA News
  • Chairman Christopher Koo Visits KIMES, the Role of Exhibition Industry is Important in Recovery of
    2021-03-18 hit 320

    Chairman Christopher Koo Visits KIMES, the Role of Exhibition Industry is Important in Recovery of Exports and Domestic Demand

     

    - Excessive social distancing restrictions shrinks exhibition industry... Need to remove the visitor number restrictions up to Level 2 -

     - Chairman Christopher Koo visited KIMES which used the entire COEX for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19... promised to -

     

    Chairman Christopher Koo of the Korea International Trade Associaiton visited ‘Korea International Medical and Hospital Equipment Show (KIMES 2021)’ held at COEX on March 18th. He listened to the opinions of the exhibition organizers and participating companies and promised that he would make efforts to vitalize the exhibition industry. KIMES is one of Korea’s largest exhibitions which used the entire COEX for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19.

     

    Exhibitions are a very important means of increasing exports by promoting new technologies and products of companies and discovering overseas buyers as well as revitalizing domestic demand through sales growth of many exhibition service companies.


    However, a draft version of new 4-level social distancing guidelines, announced by the Central Disaster Management Headquarters on March 5th, suggests significantly stricter guidelines compared to the previous ones, making it difficult for exhibitions to take place. If the new guidelines are confirmed, it is estimated that the number of visitors will decrease by about 40 percent at Level 1 and more than 57 percent at Level 2. In those situations, it will be difficult to hold exhibitions.   


    The Korea International Trade Association proposed the government to relax the social distancing guidelines of the new draft so that the exhibitions can take place without visitors number restrictions up to Level 2.


    Lee Dong-ki, head of Innovation and Startup Group of the Korea International Trade Association, said, “Excessive restrictions on the number of people may make it difficult for visitors to enter the exhibition halls, hindering small and medium-sized enterprises to exhibition marketing opportunities and adding extra burden on the exhibition industry, which is the national trade infrastructure.” He also stressed, “The exhibition halls have an average floor height of 15 meters or more, air conditioning facilities are always in operation, and stricter quarantine is implemented than the quarantine authorities' guidelines. Therefore, more reasonable restriction on number of visitors is required.”


    List
    Prev
    KITA Held “Startup Pivoting Hackathon” Final Competition
    Next
    Last Year, Air Transportation Took up 35.7% of Total Exports, the Highest Ever Amid COVID-19 Pandemi
KITA
Family Site