Ministries combine to stimulate tourism market
Do Jong-hwan, the minister of culture, sports and tourism, joined a meeting Friday organized by Kim Dong-yeon, deputy prime minister for economy and minister of strategy and finance to discuss ways to combine the efforts of the government and the private sector. Presidents of travel agencies and hotels as well as other tourism sector experts also joined to share their expertise.
Until April, group travelers from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines will be allowed to enter the country through Yangyang International Airport in Gangwon, and the government will invest in tour guides fluent in Vietnamese, Thai and Arabic. Medical tourism programs will add more talented medical experts and technicians to accommodate travelers coming to Korea for plastic surgery or other procedures.
More short-term tour programs for international travelers transferring at airports in Korea will also be prepared.
A new tourism strategy committee will be set up by the end of the year to come up with and plan more programs to stimulate the tourism industry.
BY LEE SUN-MIN [firstname.lastname@example.org]