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Korea to host OECD tourism forum

Korea has been chosen as the host of next year’s “OECD Global Forum on Tourism,” the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Friday.

The biennial Global Forum on Tourism is the only forum sponsored by the Tourism Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The decision to hold the 2020 OECD Global Forum on Tourism in Korea was unanimously reached during the 104th conference of the OECD Tourism Committee held recently in Paris, the ministry said.

It expects the event will bring together more than 600 participants, including representatives of international tourism organizations, tourism industry experts and executives and tourism scholars, generating about 3 billion won ($2.5 million).

At the forum, the direction of new tourism policies will be discussed in consideration of new environmental changes, such as 5G mobile technology and big data analytics, while successful tourism policy projects in Korea will be introduced, the ministry said.

“The hosting of OECD’s tourism forum next year will serve as a good opportunity to understand the latest trends in tourism policies and elevate Korea’s status in the international tourism industry,” a ministry official said.

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