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KTO Showcases Korea's Top Attractions to Members of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union 2023-11-14 On October 30th, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) set out to promote Korean culture and tourism to participants of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly (ABU 2023).

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Korea Unique Venue Receives ‘PATA Gold Awards 2023’ 2023-10-26 KTO’s ‘Korea Unique Venue’ project received the Gold Award under the ‘Printed Marketing Campaign' (PM) category at the ‘PATA Gold Awards 2023’ held in New Delhi, India earlier this month.

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India's Largest Private Bank Visits Korea for MICE Tourism 2023-10-24 Approximately 3,200 members of HDFC Bank, India's largest private bank, visited Korea this October for a corporate meeting.

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KTO-STO Sign MOU to Bring 2025 ICCA Congress to Seoul 2023-09-15 KTO and STO signed an MOU to combine efforts to attract the 2025 ICCA Congress to Seoul.

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Incheon Wins Bid to Host the 2027 International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly 2023-09-04 Held every four years, the IUGG General Assembly gathers geoscience experts from around the world to present their research and discuss current issues in the field. This is the second time the general assembly will be held in Asia in 24 years, following its hosting in Japan in 2003.

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Corporate Group from Georgia Enjoys Benefits from Korea Unique Venue Support 2023-07-13 A corporate group from Georgia visiting Korea on a 5 day, 6 night trip enjoyed benefits from the Korea Unique Venue support.

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KTO Makes Big Return to IMEX Frankfurt 2023 to Showcase Korean Business Events & Culture 2023-06-09 Korea made a big return to IMEX Frankfurt 2023, held at Messe Frankfurt from May 23-25, with special programs for buyers, as well as cultural events for booth visitors.

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KTO to Select 13 New KOREA UNIQUE VENUES to Showcase Korea’s Charm 2023-06-02 With growth of the MICE industry, MICE venues are increasing in variety. Corporations and institutions, which preferred large scale convention centers in the past, are increasingly seeking out special places & experiences for their events.

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715 Travel [Korea] Expedited Post-entry PCR Testing for Short-term Visitors 2022-08-11 Hit:69
714 Press Release Competition Selects Korea's Best New Incentive Tour Programs 2022-08-11 Hit:771
713 Industry Korea Hosts World's Largest Astronomical Event for the First Time 2022-08-10 Hit:43
712 Press Release The Best of Korea Featured at The Meetings Show 2022 2022-07-20 Hit:76
711 Travel [Korea] PCR Test Required within One Day upon Arrival 2022-07-20 Hit:30
710 Industry MICE Media Famtour Showcases Korea's Unique Venues 2022-07-14 Hit:55
709 Press Release Korea Tourism Organization Acquires ISO 20121 Certification 2022-05-09 Hit:465
708 Travel Social Distancing Restrictions Heightened for 2 Weeks 2021-12-30 Hit:315
707 Industry Korea Appoints New Honorary Ambassador for MICE Tourism 2021-12-14 Hit:380

Korea Appoints New Honorary Ambassador for MICE Tourism

-Director General of International Vaccine Institute Named Honorary Ambassador-


The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister Hwang Hee) and Korea Tourism Organization (President Ahn Young-bae) have appointed Director General Jerome H. Kim of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) as the new Honorary Ambassador of Korea Tourism – MICE division. The Appointment Ceremony took place at IVI headquarters, Seoul on November 25th.

Highly distinguished in the field of international vaccines and infectious diseases, Jerome Kim served as Director General of the International Vaccine Institute since 2015. Headquartered in Seoul, the International Vaccine Institute is a non-profit international organization established under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and was the first international organization introduced to Korea back in 1994. IVI takes an active role in developing and distributing vaccines for world health, especially for underdeveloped and developing countries.

Director General Kim, who is an American national, is said to have readily accepted this appointment as Honorary Ambassador with deep affection for his grandfather's country of Korea as the grandson of Kim Hyun-gu, a patriot who fought for independence in the United States during the Japanese colonial period. As Honorary Ambassador, Director General Jerome Kim will participate in interviews with global MICE media to promote Korea as a safe and attractive MICE destination, based on his personal living experience in Korea.

The Appointment Ceremony was held at the International Vaccine Institute at Seoul National University on November 25th with KTO President Ahn Young-bae and Director General Jerome Kim in attendance. Director General Kim stated, “Korea has ideal conditions to become a world-class tourism and MICE powerhouse. With the prevention of the pandemic through vaccines and various measures, it is anticipated the Korean tourism and MICE industry will take a big leap forward thanks to the worldwide spread of Korean culture such as K-pop and movies”. In addition, Lee Young-geun, Director of the MICE Planning and Management Team of Korea Tourism Organization, said, “The contributions of Director General Kim, with his global recognition and credibility, will help greatly in promoting safe travel in Korea.”

706 Travel First Tourists Enter Korea after Travel Bubble Agreement with Singapore 2021-12-02 Hit:392