“We are the Republic of Korea!” Launch Ceremony Took Place for 15th Global Promotional Delegation for Korean Culture and Tours
On Friday, December 27, 2016, a launch ceremony was held for the 15th Global Promotional Delegation for Korean Culture and Tours at the Main Hall of the National Museum of Korea.
A total of 391 university students have been appointed as members of the 15th delegation—155 students for offline activities and 236 students for online activities. The launch ceremony was attended by the 155 offline delegates.
Although it was early in the morning, the students gathered from all over Korea, even from such distant cities as Busan and Daegu!
The lobby of the Main Hall was busy preparing for the launch ceremony that would begin from 10:50 am.
All members of the Global Promotional Delegation for Korean Culture and Tours would be provided with activity tools that are needed to promote Korean culture and tours and the K-Smile Campaign.
For those attending at the launch ceremony, extra souvenirs were also given, including a K-Smile kit, wet wipes, promotional postcards for Korea, maps, and a t-shirt.
A video is being played that delivers the greeting speech and congratulatory address of Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah of the Visit Korea Committee.
Due to the event celebrating the hosting of 17 million foreign tourists to Korea held at Gimpo Airport on the same day, Secretary-General Han could not participate in this ceremony. So she wanted to deliver her remarks of encouragement and support for the delegates through this video, alternatively.
“Global Promotional Delegation for Korean Culture and Tours, Their Great Challenge!” a lecture was presented by Director Park Ki-tea of VANK.
The first special lecture began with the students’ sharing their passionate dreams they wanted achieve through the diplomatic activities.
“Global Etiquette for Practicing the K-Smile Campaign” by lecturer Kim Hye-kyeong, a guest lecturer appointed by the Visit Korea Committee.
To make “a Korea that people want to visit again” and to raise the tourism competitiveness of Korea, it is important to welcome foreign tourists and friends who will be encountered at any time during the activity period always with warm smiles, friendliness, and care!
The students could learn the most important and most basic elements.
“Introduction to the Programs of the Visit Korea Committee and How to Promote Korean Culture and Tours”
These special lectures were very meaningful and helpful not only to understanding the Visit Korea Committee’s different programs but to more effectively carrying out the activities of the Global Promotional Delegation for Korean Culture and Tours.
With support by some commentators of the National Museum of Korea, the delegated students had an opportunity to have a museum tour and realize the value of Korean history and culture.
Due to the large size of the museum and the interesting explanation by the commentators, an hour passed so quickly without noticing.
Now is a vision proclamation! The delegates loaded up their dreams and passion into neatly made paper airplanes and flied them.
The delegates will lead activities in Korea for about two months during their winter vacation from December 2016 to February 2017!
We hope they become bona fide delegates after successfully completing all their six missions: participation in the K-Smile Pledge of Kindness, promotion of Korean culture and tours and the K- Smile Campaign, interviewing with foreign tourists in Korea, and collection of cases of acts of kindness. :-)