Significant Advance as a Global Science MICE City Second Exhibition Hall at Daejeon Convention Center Opens

The Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) 2nd Exhibition Hall celebrated its grand opening on March 30 and began renting out space in May. It has two basement levels and three floors above ground (total floor area: 49,754㎡), as well as three exhibition halls, one multipurpose hall, and various conference rooms. The first-floor exhibition hall is four times the size of DCC Exhibition Hall 1 and can accommodate 500 exhibition booths. In October of this year, in preparation for the Daejeon UCLG World Federation of Local Governments General Assembly, which is anticipated to be attended by 5,000 delegations from 140 countries, the DCC 2nd Exhibition Hall was completed and various infrastructure constructed, marking a pivotal moment in the history of the Daejeon MICE industry. We are accelerating the use of meeting technology by installing an online conference system, a virtual studio, and large LED screens, as well as by constructing a metaverse exhibition hall.

Considering the trend that saw increasing numbers of MICE events held in science and technology-related fields prior to Covid-19, the MICE industry in Daejeon is anticipated to continue to expand in the post-Covid era. As the topic of the metaverse heats up as a result of the pandemic, we intend to continue promoting various projects to transform Daejeon into a global MICE city, including video conferences utilizing the metaverse at the Daejeon Convention Center and online/offline hybrid MICE hosting for exhibitions.

AI Eradicates the Language Barrier Introduction of AI-Based Interpretation for Foreign Patients

When traveling abroad and finding oneself unable to communicate, everyone experiences feelings of isolation and frustration. We feel limited in our means to receive treatment if we cannot communicate effectively, especially if hospitalized due to illness. Upon request, the Daejeon Tourism Organization offers an AI-based interpretation service that attract foreign patients to medical institutions in the city. Genie Talk 2, an AI-based interpretation service developed jointly by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and Hangeul and Computer Co., Ltd., supports 65 languages and can translate images into 12 languages using smartphone cameras. Just by pressing a button and speaking, words are instantly translated into the target language, allowing for seamless, real-time communication between foreign patients and hospital staff. Following completion of the medical guidance app for foreigners (MoDoc) in 2021, the 'AI-Based Interpretation Support Project' aims to improve foreign patients' access to Korean medical institutions. We intend to introduce a variety of digital services in the near future so that medical institutions in Daejeon will be able to increase their capacity to treat foreign patients and allow non-Korean speakers to receive treatment without language barriers.

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