Adelaide to host 2017 World Hapkido Championships in huge event coup

26 March 2015

Adelaide has been chosen as the host city for the 2017 World Hapkido Seminar and Championship, in a major coup worth $5 million to the state’s economy.

Hapkido is a self-defence based martial arts system originating in Korea.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the Government’s commitment to seek out and bring major international events to South Australia was delivering a tourism and economic bonanza for the State.

“This is a huge coup. We are thrilled the World Hapkido Martial Arts Federation has chosen Adelaide to host the 2017 World Championship and Seminar,” Mr Bignell said.

“Grand Master Don Oh Choi, Grand Master Ali Modiri and Master Yong Kim representing the World Hapkido Martial Arts Federation travelled from Korea and Germany, and spent the past two days touring Adelaide and inspecting the city’s capacity as a host venue.

“Great work was done by David White, the President of the Australian Hapkido Federation, to help us secure this massive event.

“It will feature a three to four day championship competition and concurrent World Leaders forum with more than 2000 international participants on top of 500 from Australia.

“The event is expected to generate more than $5 million in economic revenue for the State, including 10,000 hotel bed nights and 50 jobs. It’s a massive win for South Australia.”

Mr Bignell said the World Hapkido Championships would likely be held in May 2017, and would provide another fantastic opportunity to showcase the wonders of Adelaide to the world.

“South Australia’s reputation as a world class events destination continues to grow both intrastate and internationally.

“We have shown South Australia has the infrastructure, the environment and the culture conducive to attracting international visitors to our state.

“Guests will be able to marvel at the Riverbank precinct redevelopment including major upgrades to the Convention Centre and Festival Theatre, and maybe even take in a game of AFL at the Adelaide Oval.

“They will also be able to indulge in the fantastic food and entertainment we have to offer,” Mr Bignell said.

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

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