Seoul calls in robot

Seoul Convention Bureau calls in AI help to woo events organisers back to Korea capital as Plus Seoul packages revised in wake of Covid-19

AN AI ROBOT is among the revised offerings from Seoul Convention Bureau to woo organisers as the South Korea capital responds to the Covid-19 crisis.

Robots already help airport passengers in Seoul with enquiries, but now the service is being made available to conference organisers under the Plus Seoul programme.

 “It is very similar to what we have at the Incheon International Airport, said bureau spokesperson Hanna Lee. “They can direct people to different places in the venues.

 “They are not able to replace people yet, but they could support the ceremonies by executing simple tasks. For example, they could bring the awards or make announcement.”

Other measures include lowering the minimum number of international participants required to apply for Seoul Plus from 500 to 200 for all international conferences.

Conferences that are postponed but hosted within 2020 will to be offered 10 per cent more of the pre-approved financial support from Seoul Metropolitan Government.

For corporate meetings and incentive tours, the minimum number has been lowered from 50 to 20 and one extra benefit is to be added on top of the benefits selected by the company.

New additions include options such as Seoul Customised Welcome Drinks, On-Spot Photo-Booth and Food Trucks.

To promote paperless conferences, Plus Seoul is also introducing digital marketing using customised apps during events.

“We have a Give Back to Local Community programme. When the host organisation uses eco-friendly options such as using the event app instead of paper-based materials, we implement a counting system in the event app,” Lee added.

“The more participants make use of the eco-friendly option during the event, the more we donate back to the community. When we donate the fund to the local community, it will be on behalf of the host organisation (or any other organisation as requested).

“The donation will be made to a local institute/organisation (not necessarily related to the host organisation).”

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