OECD meeting focuses on green tourism in South Korea

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) meeting in South Korea is focussing on green tourism in the country.

The 90th session of the OECD Tourism Committee and the OECD/APEC Tourism Working Group Forum opened on Monday in North Jeolla Province. Tourism experts from all over the world are attending the function. The meeting was co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and supervised by North Jeolla Province. The theme for the two day event was ‘sustainable and green’ tourism.

More than 150 representatives from 40 OECD and APEC member countries were present at the meeting. The meeting was also represented by members of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Local Development of the OECD.

Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Choe Kwang-shik, said, ‘I sincerely welcome you to Muju, which is home to the cleanest and most beautiful natural environment in the country. We are delighted to hold the OECD tourism committee meeting here at Muju where tradition harmonizes with the natural environment. The tourism industry is becoming more widely recognized as an important means to create jobs and invigorate the economy. Sustainable and green tourism is also becoming more important. The Korean government, with such a concept in mind, played a significant role in including tourism in the agenda for sustainable development at the Rio+20 Conference held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June this year. In such a way, we are striving to contribute to developing the global tourism industry.’

The meeting would see participants discussing the tourism industry’s success cases in developed countries.