On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 37th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) to be held in Seoul, Korea from May 13 to 18, 2018.
Over the recent years, Korea's racing has developed rapidly, however, the challenges we face are not dissimilar to those of the racing industry worldwide. Competition in the legal betting business is ever increasing, illegal bookmaking is spreading, and customers' tastes are changing, to name but a few.
The Korea Racing Authority (KRA) has vigorously sought to develop a fundamental innovation to cope with the challenges and pressures that the changing environments present, some of which have been very successful while some are still in progress. We are delighted to be able to exchange our experience and knowledge with participants from all over the world, as we seek solution together.
Under the theme of "Innovate, Collaborate, Transform" the 37th ARC embraces the soul of South Korea, embodies the values of the KRA and captures what is necessary for racing to be successful in the 21st Century.
The 37th ARC will pave a new path for the Asian Racing Industry to become a leading reformer in the international arena. The conference will offer various programs to appeal to participants from around the region and the world including Business and Specialist Sessions, Exhibition and Networking programs as well as opportunities for city tours and cultural events providing an overall platform for all to pursue open and interesting dialogue on the issues and challenges we face today.
The experience and expertise that we can share, will surely act as a fertile source to advance the racing industry beyond borders and your proactive participation and keen support will be crucial to the success of the conference.
I very much look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you to Seoul.
Lee, Yang ho
Chairman and CEO
Korea Racing Authority