Huge tourism complex to rise at Seoul’s Incheon Airport

Huge tourism complex to rise at Seoul’s Incheon Airport

New "entertainment city" to include hotels, casinos, theme park, arenas and film studio

New "entertainment city" to include hotels, casinos, theme park, arenas and film studio

Plans for the new "entertainment city" complex within the grounds of Incheon Airport
Plans for the new “entertainment city” complex within the grounds of Incheon Airport

A huge new tourism and gaming complex will be developed at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport.

US-based Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority has signed a deal with Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) to develop, build and operate a “gateway entertainment city” in the grounds of South Korea’s largest airport.

The complex, which will be created on a 3.2km² plot of land owned by IIAC, will include a twin tower luxury hotel complex with 1,000 rooms, 18,500m² of retail, F&B and entertainment space, including a “Korean village” area, a film studio, a 20,000-pax capacity entertainment arena, sports arena, a 18,500m² theme park with 12 outdoor attractions and an 18,500m² casino.

It will also be connected to a new private jet terminal, making it the only integrated resort in the world to feature its own air strip.

Bobby Soper, president of MTGA, called the deal with IIAC a “monumental agreement”.

“We look forward to extending the unique Mohegan Sun brand, focused on unparalleled hospitality and guest experience, to Korea and providing a new, global customer base at a one-of-a kind, must-visit destination. We have tremendous respect for IIAC and are excited to partner with Mr Park Wan-su to build on the strengths of our two organisations and create the leading, first-of-its kind offering for travellers across the world.”

Park Wan-su, president & CEO of IIAC, said the project is “an important step in Incheon Airport’s continued efforts to become a global mega-hub airport, delivering passengers the highest quality service and serving as the best airport in the world”.

Seoul’s Incheon International Airport handled 45.7 million passengers in 2014, making it the 23rd busiest airport in the world.

The new complex is likely to be popular with the rising number of Chinese visitors to South Korea.

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