London embraces ‘PyeongChang2018 Winter Olympic Games’ road show fever
Korea Tourism Organization in collaboration with the PyeongChang2018 Winter Olympic Committee brought the PyeongChang2018 Winter Games Road Show to the palatial surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel London.
In the presence of H.E. Mr. Joonkook Hwang, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UK, the CEO of Korea Tourism Mr. Chang Soo Jung and Mr. Hyung Koo Yeo, secretary General of the PyeongChang2018 Organising Committee, and a host of guests joined the countdown to the games. A press conference and speeches delivered a timely update about PyeongChang2018 progress.
The evening gave a snap-shot of next year’s Winter Olympic Games, in terms of venues and infrastructure, the regional tourism potential of the Gangwondo region and the legacy this event will provide in the form the new rail connection between Seoul and the PyeongChang cluster. It was also the chance to introduce and connect the official Authorised Ticket Seller (ATR) ‘Sports Travel & Hospitality Group’ (STH) to the travel trade and media here in the UK. STH will soon launch Team GB Live, a platform developed in partnership with Team GB to enable those wishing to book ticket inclusive travel packages to the Games.
Members of Team GB including the British Olympic Association Chairman, Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson were present and British Skeleton racer and current Olympic Gold Medallist Lizzy Yarnold MBE was the star turn at the event bringing yet more glamour to a prestigious event.
Korea Tourism Organisation has three ‘PyeongChang2018’ branded London Buses driving around central London and we have created a ‘Spot, Snap, Win’ competition, which run from today until the 22 May 2017. Winners have a chance to get their hands on a ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab A’. Details of how to enter are below:
What you need to know about PyeongChang2018
- From 9 to 25 February 2018, the city of PyeongChang will welcome nearly 5,000 athletes from nearly 100 nations for the first Winter Olympics to be held on South Korean soil. Athletes will compete for over 102 gold medals in 15 disciplines in 7 sports.
- This will be the first Winter Games to feature plus 100 events
- In total, 12 venues split between the PyeongChang Mountain cluster and neighbouring city Gangneung coastal cluster will be used during the 17 days of the Games.
- 50,000-capacity Olympic Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, is one of six new venues being built.
- PyeongChang2018 will be the most compact Winter Olympics ever with all key venues no more than a 30 minute drive from the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium
- The Alpensia Resort Park will be home to the Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium, Alpensia Biathlon Centre, Alpensia Nordic Centre and Alpensia Sliding Centre.
- The Gangneung Ice Arena will host two sports, figure skating and short track speed skating.
- A white tiger named “Soohorang” and an Asiatic black bear named “Bandabi” will serve as mascots for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
- PyeongChang2018 will introduce a 6 new events such as snowboard Big Air (men/ women), speed skating Mass Start(men/ women), Curling Mixed Doubles, Alpine Skiing Event will be added to the programme
- PyeongChang will kick off a series of Asian Olympiads, with Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.