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Tourism professionals to gather in Seoul to discuss sustainable tourism

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Tourism professionals to gather in Seoul to discuss sustainable tourism

- ASEAN-Korea Centre to hold Workshop on Sustainable Tourism for Cultural Heritage Destinations (7-9 Nov., Seoul & Andong) -

Seoul, Korea - The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Kim Young-sun) will organize the ASEAN-Korea Tourism Development Workshop on Sustainable Tourism for Cultural Heritage Destinations under the theme of ‘Preserving the Past for the Future’ from 7 to 9 November 2017 in Seoul and Andong, Korea in cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat and the World Bank. At the Workshop, international experts will share timely information on sustainable and cultural heritage tourism with 30 ASEAN tourism professionals from public and private sectors, as well as Korean stakeholders. The participants will also conduct case studies and presentations, and visit Korean cultural heritage sites.


Kim Young-sun, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre noted that, “As a region blessed with an abundance of unique and diverse cultural assets, ASEAN is home to many cultural heritage sites that attract tourists worldwide. However, there is a growing concern over the increasing threats to its tangible cultural heritages due to the lack of appropriate management of cultural properties, natural disasters, climate change, unsustainable tourism use, and rapid urbanization. Against this backdrop, this Workshop aims to provide a useful platform to share ideas and best practices, and identify key issues and challenges in preserving cultural heritage sites in ASEAN, thus contributing to sustainable tourism development in the region.”


The Workshop is composed of lectures by experts and country presentations by the participants in Seoul as well as a technical visit to Andong, Gyeongsang Province, Korea’s successful example of sustainable tourism development. The Opening Ceremony will be held on 7 November at Lotte Hotel in Seoul where Secretary General Kim and Cambodian Ambassador Long Dimanche will deliver remarks. Following the Ceremony, experts from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Office, the World Bank, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Korea, and the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea will give presentations on ‘Sustainable Approaches to ASEAN Cultural Heritage Tourism’, ‘Sustainable Development Goals in World Heritage’, ‘Transformation of Cultural Heritage Sites into Tourist Destinations’, and ‘Promoting ASEAN Cultural Heritage Corridors.’


On the following day, country presentations and discussions will be conducted to enable in-depth learning and exchange of experiences. Based on the pre-assignments and lectures on the first day of the Workshop, participants will present their findings on the suggested topics. On the third day, the participants will visit Andong Hahoe Folk Village to gain first-hand experience of Korea’s representative cultural heritage site. 


The United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development. ASEAN has also identified sustainable and inclusive tourism as one of its strategic directions under the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, placing priority on protection and management of heritage sites. Contributing to this objective, the ASEAN-Korea Centre has continued to carry out programs with a focus on sustainable tourism.


- Press Release file


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