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Old November 7th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Local news outlets call the scale “astronomical.” Some question its economic feasibility.

Either way it is one hell of an ambitious tourism venture.

Called 8City, to be built on the islands of Yongyu-Muui in the port city of Incheon, next to Incheon International Airport, the project in question is the creation of a gigantic 'tourism city.'

Plans for the city include travel and leisure facilities from luxury hotels, condominiums, casinos and shopping malls to a theme park, a water park, a Formula One racing track, a 50,000-seat concert hall, a medical tourism-based "healing town" and a “hallyu town” showcasing Korean entertainment.

An all in one tourism destination that visitors won't want to leave. But not just any visitor.

The project aims firmly at the massive and growing market of mainland Chinese tourists.

It incorporates the number '8' into both its name and physical design directly in order to attract Chinese visitors, as the number symbolizes good fortune in Chinese culture.

Incheon City officials announced the cost of the project to be around ₩300 trillion, or US$275 billion, to be funded by the city in conjunction with foreign and domestic investors.

To put that in perspective, that figure is more than the GDP of Singapore, according to World Bank figures.

Developer Eightcity Co., the company formulated for this project, claims the 80-square-kilometer 8City will be the largest single tourism project in the world, and will be "three times the size of Macau." Macau's land size is approximately 28.2 square kilometers.

The main landmarks will include the 'Inner Circle' -- a “smart” tubular 14-kilometer building along the coast -- and the 'Megastrip,' which, at 200 meters high, 880 meters wide and 3.3 kilometers long will be the world's largest single architectural unit (when it's built, that is.)

The gross surface area of the Megastrip will be 4.85 square kilometers. That's larger than the Boeing Everett Factory's usable floor space, and larger than Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3. The Megastrip will be filled with hotels, offices, shopping and other tourist attractions.

Incheon City estimates 8City will create 930,000 new jobs and attract 134 million tourists by 2030.

Due to its sheer scale, some are questioning whether this project will actually come to fruition.

Yonhap News Agency published an article titled "Will financing actually be possible for the Yongyu-Muui ₩300 trillion development project?" pointing out the money that has been raised so far does not constitute half the estimated cost for land compensation (link in Korean).

"All discussions about financing and investors will have to commence after the land compensation begins next year," the spokesperson for 8City told CNN.

The first stage of development is slated for completion by 2020, while the projected end date for the entire project is 2030.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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Absolutely stunning project! Even more ambitious than the Khazar Islands!
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