Goyang, South Korea

Organisation: Goyang Convention Bureau 
Contact: Peter Lee
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 43%
Social Performance 64%
Supplier Performance 67%
Destination Management Performance 49%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Goyang city is representative green city in Korea. In 2017, Goyang city achieved gold medal of 'Sustainable city part' in General Assembly of WeGo (The World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO). With this reputation, goyang city make efforts to enlarge green area and converged environmental activities with digital Goyang is park city and full of total 68 neighborhood parks including the largest artificial lake park, ecological parks, cultural parks and wetland park. Citizens can enjoy the green more than any other cites. also, due to enough buffering green area, polution level is also relatively low. since 2010, city has run a bike sharing system 'fifteen' including more than 3,000bikes & 148 bike station turu entire city. As #1 smart city in Korea, Goyang has applied IoT technologies to life environment. smart safe light, safe fountain, drone patrol on the lake services are active in the park. besides, various IoT techs are used in life environment including to monitor airpollution, biomass malodor and to collect garbage from street bins.

Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

Goyang city was selected one of ten most dynamic city in the world by NewsWeek magazine. With environmental efforts to preserve one Korea largest marsh, city set examples for social issues in Korea. To keep peace on Korea penisula, city sent petition letters to UN and to the world to call upon their interests and took international tour for this. City sponsored UN SRC singers to play songs for the peace in DMZ. For woman's human right, city has sponsored and campigened to demand the serious apology for sexual slavery during world war 2.

Corruption Perception ranking
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
Gender Inequality Index ranking

Goyang has the largest convention/exhibition center, KINTEX. KINTEX is playing a centrol role for event sustainability. In 2011, KINTEX announced Green Business Management and set 'mid-long term plan for Green Center. Based on this plan, KINTEX has improved facilities&environment infra. In result, KINTEX achieved silver level of Earchcheck, eco-environment certificate. KINTEX was designed to use new renewable energies including geothermy, sunlight and rainwaters. especially, in everyear year, more than 5,000tons of rainwater is used in bathroom, a fountain, pond and gardening. with these system, KINTEX saved about million USD energy cost and reduced 4,000tons of green energy gas. KINTEX also parcitipate in social activities. KINTEX strongly push for event organizer to use reusable booth using eco-friendly materials to minimize disposals. Un-avoidable disposals are cleanded by local senior & disabled people community. profits from selling disposals is used for HR cost.

City's hotels easily accessible by public transport to/from congress and exhibition centres
PCOs and DMCs have a written sustainability policy
Exhibition centres have sustainability certification

Goyang CVB has been only one year operation. In CVB operation, CVB is doing zero-carbon campaigns including no use of paper cups, least production of printed document and promotional booklet, ecological printing using recycled paper and soybean oil ink. more than 70% of souvenirs for Goyang CVB promotion activities are sourced from the local and 100% made in Korea. Goyang CVB is the first DMO to join GDS program in Korea and is initiating the plan for MICE sustainability. Managing Direcor of Goyang CVB has deep understaning on event sustainability and profession to achieve the certificate of ISO20121 practioner and Ph.D. on this subject. Based on such professionalism, Goyang CVB is working on building our own vision, strategies and action plans to sustainable management and will develop various tools for event organizers to faciliate sustainable events in environmental, social and economical ways.

Yes No
Has the CVB established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?
Does the destination regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress?
Does the CVB support or lead local sustainability training for cities MICE industry?
Does the CVB support or local authorities provide incentives or funding for organisations wanting to gain sustainability certification or issue a sustainability reports
Does the CVB provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions?
Does CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local community?

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