The Association of Korean Exhibition Industries is an organization specializing solely in exhibitions. It was founded in September 2002 under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy. The mission of AKEI is to undertake a wide variety of tasks to develop and foster policies that will ensure the exponential growth of the trade fair industry.
As a high, value-added service industry, trade exhibitions are one of the most important marketing tools and contribute to developing the local economy. To foster such local development, KEOA will continue to cooperate with the government, related trade associations, exhibition venue owners, and exhibition contractors to develop the Korean exhibition industry and promote the local economy through Korean exhibitions.
The Korea International Trade Association(KITA) was established in 1946 with the objective of advancing the Korean economy through trade, and is currently the largest business organization in Korea with over 70,000 member companies. Representing the interests of Korea's global traders, KITA serves a diverse range of roles including providing hands-on support to trade companies, drawing trade cooperation from the private sector, formulating new trade strategies, nurturing trade professionals and building trade infrastructure. With a widely established network of 13 domestic offices and 15 overseas branches in major cities, KITA has consolidated its position as a leading business organization dedicated to assisting SMEs in gaining foreign market entry and has actively contributed towards Korea's recent achievement of 1 trillion dollars in trade volume.
The Seoul Convention Bureau works ambitiously to increase Seoul’s awareness on an international scale and to strengthen the MICE industry’s infrastructure and value. Coex and the Seoul Convention Bureau work closely together in order to attract and support international conventions and exhibitions.