Pyeongchang Olympics Party at Davos Forum Flops

  • By Jun Hyun-suk

    January 29, 2018 11:45

    Turnout was sparse for a party hosted by the Foreign Ministry on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last Thursday.

    The ministry and Olympics organizers advertised a "Korea Pyeongchang Night" in Davos and expected 525 major foreign dignitaries. They booked a top hotel for the event and hired musicians. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the government put "a lot of effort" into the event.

    Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha speaks at a party promoting the Winter Olympics at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last Thursday. /Yonhap

    But only around 300 people turned up in dribs and drabs. WEF founder Klaus Schwab could not make it and sent his son. The biggest names were Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters and Mongolian Foreign Minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar. Participants said most of the guests were Korean officials.

    Some blamed a dinner U.S. President Donald Trump was hosting at the same time for stealing the Korean event's thunder, but only around 15 big business leaders attended that.

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