Why Busan?
The right place to be
Korea is located in the IDF Western Pacific Region, home to close to 40% of all people living with diabetes. Figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) indicate that one in every 11 adults in the region are currently living with diabetes, many undiagnosed. If no action is taken, the number of people living with diabetes or at high risk in the region is expected to exceed 340 million within a generation. Korea is therefore the ideal location to bring together the global diabetes community that IDF represents.

The IDF Congress 2019 in Busan is also an important opportunity for Korea to showcase its recent advances in the field of diabetes, generate opportunities for further development and promote diabetes awareness and prevention among the local population.

IDF 2019 will bring together an extensive global network of physicians, scientists, nurses, educators, other healthcare professionals, government officials, policy makers, diabetes associations and media to share best practice and help shape the national, regional and global response to diabetes.

An ideal destination
Busan, Korea's second largest city, is a major metropolitan city with excellent international and national flight connections, serviced by an international airport and a world-class port. It can be reached from major cities throughout Asia, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Busan is a short 50-minute flight from Seoul's Incheon International Airport (ICN).

The city has established a reputation as one of the top 10 international convention destinations in the World. It boasts large-scale conference facilities with abundant accommodation, located within a short walk or easy ride by public transport.

BEXCO, the signature venue of Busan, is at the very heart of the city's convention district. It features a pillar-free exhibition centre with over 26,000m2 of exhibition space, modern convention rooms and a state-of-the-art auditorium that can host 4,000 delegates. All these facilities combined will provide IDF’s diverse and international audience with an ideal environment for professional development and networking.

Busan looks forward to welcoming the global diabetes community for an inspiring and memorable IDF Congress.
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