Goodbye Bali, hello Busan!
Nusa Dua, 13 August 2009 - Busan, South Korea’s second largest city, will be the next host for the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacifc. With the theme Different Voices-United Action, the 10th ICAAP will strive to bring together people of various backgrounds in the region to unite their action against HIV and AIDS, as Dr. Min-Ki Kim of the 10th ICAAP Local Organizing Committee said on Wednesday at the Media Center.
Busan, located on the south-easternmost tip of the Korean Peninsula, is the country’s largest port and has a population of about 3.6 million. The most densely built up areas of the city are situated in a number of narrow valleys between Nakdong and Suyeong rivers, with mountains separating some of the districts. It has a humid subtropical climate. The natural environment is a perfect example of harmony between mountains, rivers and sea, with superb beaches, scenic cliffs and mountains that provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views.
“We have a similar natural atmosphere as Bali, with six beaches, with good infrastructure and facilities,” said Yun-Sun Kwon of the Busan Convention Visitors Bureau. Busan also offers temples, hot springs and shopping areas. In terms of costs, Busan is not as expensive as Seoul and has relatively cheaper hotel accommodations.
The Korean government has said it will provide the best services and visa arrangements for ICAAP delegates and treat them like Olympic athletes. One concern raised was whether the 10th ICAAP would attract delegates from the Pacifc Islands. As ASAP President Myung-Hwan Cho mentioned, the 9th ICAAP has been the most successful congress in terms of the number of Pacific Islands delegates, and he hopes that Korea will be able to attract just as many.
Amelia Makutu of UNAIDS Pacifc, who was present at the media conference, complimented the 9th ICAAP organizers for their efforts in attracting more than 50 Pacifc Islands delegates to the congress, giving much more visibility to the Pacifc Islands compared to previous congresses.
Bisan’s Gimhae International Airport offers 464 weekly fight services from 25 countries, including China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. There are domestic fights from Incheon and Kimpo international airports in Seoul. Trains run from Seoul to Busan every day and take only two hours and 40 minutes.
Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games, 2005 APEC and one of the host cities of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. So we will continue to empower people and strengthen networks by celebrating different voices in a united action in two years’ time. Let’s meet in Busan!
As reported by Danny I Yatim, the 9th ICAAP Post
The complete 9th ICAAP Post can be downloaded from the Virtual Media Centre section in this website
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