On Sept. 17 Governor Kim Tae-hwan of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province presented the IUCN World Conservation Congress inspection team with a book of 1.3 million signatures in support of Jeju’s bid to host the 2012 6th World Conservation Congress. The inspection team was also shown a slideshow detailing the collection of the signatures from Jeju people; and was presented with signed MOUs from a number of Jeju businesses as an expression of commitment to the WCC bid.
Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the 2012 WWC including a large number of government delegates, world-renowned scholars and private sector groups. It is expected that 120 billion won in economic benefits will be generated if Jeju succeeds in the bid. It would also be the largest congress ever to be held in Korea. Jeju Island is competing with Cancun, Mexico; a destination that attracts more than 3.2 million people each year.
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