Can Tiaca make Seoul music?

THE 27th Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition is planned for October (7-9) this year, hosted by Seoul’s Incheon Airport.
Good luck to organiser TIACA which, on its website, modestly describes the beanfeast as ‘the world’s largest and most prestigious air cargo event of its kind’.
It will be the 27th time that this biennial air cargo industry bash has taken place and the first time in South Korea – but I have a feeling things may not go as smoothly as the organiser may hope.
Unless you’re handing over some questionable award, Incheon seems only interested in itself. For a few weeks now, Air Cargo News has been trying to obtain some basic and uncontroversial information from the airport’s cargo marketing department. We thought it quite reasonable and fair practice to make every effort to include the South Korean hub’s opinions on future air cargo matters and business development plans so that we could then place them in our features on Asian air cargo (next ACN) and also in our global spotlight in this current issue – which has given prime space to major-player opinions on the business outlook for 2014.
A few weeks later, we’re still waiting for any kind of useful response from Incheon, which has now missed the global spotlight opportunity and is not included.
In the time that the self-styled multi-award-winning hub airport has failed to res-pond to a couple of simple questions, other organisations from around the world have not only replied but, in some cases, even supplied us with too much information.
It’s not that we don’t know the people at Incheon. I have personally visited their offices twice in the last two years and held face-to-face talks with their cargo marketing people. They’ve always been very polite, friendly and businesslike – just the credentials you might need to host a global event.
Meanwhile, TIACA may be a little concerned at the prospect of selling all its stands at the show. Judging by an outrageous barter offer received by Air Cargo News, prices seem crazily out of shape with current air cargo economics.
I will let you know what TIACA thinks of this opinion – and if we ever receive a reply from Incheon.
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