Visit Korea Committee Activities

“We Are the Republic of Korea!” Launch Ceremony Takes Place for 17th Global Promotional Delegation for Korean Culture and Tourism   On January 9, the Visit Korea Committee and the Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) organized a launch ceremony for the 17th Global Promotional Delegation for Korean Culture and Tourism at the National Museum of Korea. - About 500 students, from middle school to college, were appointed as members after beating off stiff competition. They were given a warm welcome with a set of souvenirs and promotional materials. The ceremony kicked off with a speech by Park Gi-tae, who is serving as the director of the VANK. He shared several effective ways of promoting Korea to foreigners! Next, Service Improvement Team Leader Lee Eunjung of the Visit Korea Committee introduced the various programs of the Visit Korea Committee. She told students about the committee’s programs launched in celebration of the 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year, and the kindness campaign, which aims to make Korea a country where foreigners would like to visit again. We look forward to everyone, including the National Smile Team and the VANK’s delegates, playing their part in spreading warm smiles throughout Korea. Even though it was their first day, the delegates listened attentively throughout the lecture. The lecture was followed by a golden bell quiz. Everyone put up a good fight, and it was a close match from beginning to end. The final four remaining in the quiz! They were awarded dolls of Soohorang and Bandabi, the official mascots of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Congratulations! Next was a global etiquette training session as practice for the K-Smile Campaign ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Etiquettes must be observed at all times. They are all the more important when interacting with foreign tourists. This informative session covered the basic rules of etiquettes. The launch ceremony ended with a commemorative group photo. We look forward to the new delegates doing their part to welcome foreign tourists next month at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Date : 2018/01/15 | Views : 1525
Korea Grand Sale 2018 Briefing Held Successfully in China (Dalian, Yantai, Shanghai)   Did you know that the Korea Grand Sale—Korea’s largest nationwide all-in-one festival of shopping, cultural experiences, and sightseeing for foreign travelers—is starting next month? The Visit Korea Committee held briefing sessions for the Korea Grand Sale in Dalian, Yantai, and Shanghai, China to inform more foreigners about attractive benefits they can enjoy in Korea at the festival period. Below are pictures from the Dalian session, held on December 15. The Visit Korea Committee played a video clip introducing its programs. Travelers visiting Korea will be able to enjoy a variety of benefits in popular attractions throughout the country. : ) The attendees looked over the leaflet and were impressed by our efforts. The attendees had the opportunity to enter a prize draw. The lucky winner of air tickets to Korea was envied by many. The Korea Tour Card was another attractive prize. The card, which makes traveling in Korea more enjoyable and convenient, was presented to the winner by Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah herself. At the Yantai briefing held on December 16, the Visit Korea Committee opened its own booth. Many attendees were drawn to our special event of Yut, a traditional game in Korea. As always, the Korean souvenirs were incredibly popular. The briefing began in the presence of a huge crowd. With a higher number of tourists expected in Korea for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, the upcoming Korea Grand Sale offers more benefits than ever. 🙂 Visitors can access local information and tourist services from the wheeled Tourist Service Center (TSC) running throughout Korea. Do visit the TSC at various landmark venues, including Gangwon Province, the host of the Winter Olympics. The third briefing session of the Korea Grand Sale was held in Shanghai on December 19. The session kicked off with a welcoming speech by Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah. We were excited to learn about the new companies and organizations who will be participating next year. Just the poster alone was enough to give a big expectation of the new year to begin. The sale offers not only discounts, but also a ton of fun events for tourists. A banquet was held at the end of the session. Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah interacted with each and every attendee, sharing her anticipation of the Korea Grand Sale. Prize draw winners were announced at the awards ceremony. The lucky winners walked away with air tickets to Korea and the Korea Tour Card. The briefing sessions may be over, but our spirit of hospitality continues. We will organize many activities next year to attract more foreign tourists to Korea.
Date : 2018/01/02 | Views : 1775
“2016–2018 Visit Korea Year” Promoted at 2017 MAMA Festival   On November 29 and December 2, Asia’s top music awards festival, MAMA, was held in Japan and Hong Kong, respectively. As K-pop has become very popular not only in Asia but all over the world, many people showed their interest and love for Korean culture. First, this is the promotion in Japan held on November 29. As always are a step ahead of the trend, the Japanese people showed a phenomenal interest in K-pop. Seeing the great popularity of K-pop idol stars, we realized how they had contributed to setting the stage for the ever-growing interest in the country of Korea. The promotional materials featuring Korean top stars were highly sought out. We were glad to see that we suited the taste of Japanese fans. 🙂 And on December 2, the promotion continued in Hong Kong. This is our “Visit Korea Year” booth, which received overwhelming response even outside the stage. Many people from Hong Kong visited the booth to learn about useful information and enjoy events. Korea is well known not only for its K-pop music, but shopping is another must when you travel Korea. Our booth also introduced the “2018 Korea Grand Sale,” which is an all-in-one festival of shopping, cultural experiences, and sightseeing for foreign travelers to take place over the period of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Many visitors showed their interest in this festival. Besides, there are many other useful programs that you can take advantage of, including the Korean Tour Card and the Hands-Free Service that stores and delivers your travel luggage. So don’t miss out! Now the MAMA Red Carpet event has begun. Despite being a preliminary session for the main awards ceremony, it was just as packed with fans as the main event! Here came a guest on the Red Carpet. Visit Korea Committee Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah joined the show! Her smile always well represents the kindness and warmth of Korea, and here she appeared with her bright smile again. At the stage with heated atmosphere, a video clip for the 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year played to boast the charm of Korea, and famous artists delivered fantastic performances! At this year’s MAMA, we could clearly tell the reason why many foreigners visit Korea. We will continue to welcome foreign visitors next year with more diverse cultural events.
Date : 2017/12/12 | Views : 3174
“2016–2018 Visit Korea Year” Promoted at 2017 Korea Festival in India   The Visit Korea Committee participated in the 2017 Korea Festival in India from Saturday, November 25 to Sunday, November 26! Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization, the event presented Korea’s iconic tourist attractions, traditional culture experiences, Korean dishes, K-pop, and K-beauty.    Want to know why you have to visit Korea this winter? That’s because the Korea Grand Sale is about to begin alongside the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games! Korea’s largest festival for shopping, cultural experiences, and sightseeing for foreign tourists is to take place from January 18 to February 28 next year in Korea! Don’t you feel excited already?  The Visit Korea Committee’s booth was crowded with visitors even when seen from a distance, where we got great attention for the whole weekend and was cheered as much to promote our campaign.  One of the promotional events was Yunnori, a traditional Korean board game. Even though the local visitors have never seen the game before, they all had so much fun playing it and were delighted to win giveaway gifts.   We participated in a media conference held for about 40 journalists from local and Korean press organizations to have a valuable time introducing the Korea Festival and greeting and having lunch with VIPs.  The intense competition for coverage among Indian media outlets showed how Korea is getting more and more attention internationally! As the event has been covered nationwide in India, we hope the Indians get to see the great culture of Korea once again.  We also showcased the VR experience zone that is really hot these days, hoping the visitors could have a realistic tour of Korea even while in India. 🙂 This corner was to promote the PyeongChang Olympics! As the 2018 Winter Olympics was being introduced worldwide, a lot of local Indians paid attention and visited us here. Why don’t you visit the host city of Pyeongchang next February? There was a hanbok experience section where visitors could have a unique time trying the Korean traditional clothes on in person. The local people were fascinated by the refined charms of hanbok, especially among women. 😀  A roulette event booth was always full of visitors as we provided various giveaways and experiences for them! Even I myself couldn’t take my eyes off the exciting event.    Some of Korea’s iconic performances were presented as well. The event site was buzzing with performances by b-boy crews! As more and more people came to enjoy the exciting music and awesome b-boying, the show got into the full swing. There was another performance called Nanta. While appreciating its exciting beats, people had fun bursting into laughter. Enjoying the various experiences and performances, visitors could get closer to Korea. As reported above, the oversea fair ended as a success. If this event has left you with a special memory of Korean culture, why don’t you visit Korea itself?
Date : 2017/12/04 | Views : 2532
Successful Appointment Ceremony for the 14th Workers’ National Smile Team       Last Thursday, November 23! Many in the tourism industry are working tirelessly to make Korea a friendlier place and the Visit Korea Committee invited some of these distinguished individuals to a ceremony where they were commissioned to the National Smile Team! Fifty-seven professionals working directly with foreign tourists in immigration/customs, transportation, accommodation, shopping, dining, tour information and other areas attended the very special function. The program promoted the success of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games (now less than one hundred days away!!) and this made the awards ceremony even more meaningful. A unique “flash mob” to wish for a successful PyeongChang Olympics by members of the 17th University Students’ National Smile Team who are working to spread the K-Smile campaign set the mood at the event! With members of both the Workers’ National Smile Team and the University Students’ National Smile Team in attendance, the flash mob surprise broke up any awkward silences around the tables at the event hall. Next, Visit Korea Committee Secretary-General Han Kyung-ah spoke to the audience. She thanked the workers in the tourism industry for their support in critical roles that are ensuring the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games goes off without a hitch. 🙂 The ceremony for giving awards and certificates of recognition! Ten members of the Workers’ National Smile Team came up on stage to receive tokens on behalf of the fifty-seven new members being commissioned to their roles on the Team. Secretary-General Han conveyed awards and congratulated recipients individually. For the sake of time, only ten people were on stage at the event, but let’s not forget to congratulate all the new members of the team! We have high hopes for what each Workers’ National Smile Team member will do to demonstrate friendliness to everyone they meet in the future. Actor Hong Jong-hyun was also commissioned for the Workers’ National Smile Team at the ceremony!!!! Hong is enjoying popularity overseas and he never fails to be friendly to foreigners and show a sense of hospitality. 🙂 His smile is a national treasure!!! Anyone seeing his happy expression will also find the corners of their mouth heading north. LOL! Hong is sparing no effort to help create a friendlier Korea. Here he is holding the pledge of kindness that he signed. Finally, no event like this can end without a group smile shot with all the Workers’ National Smile Team together!!!!!! Congratulations again to the fifty-seven new team members who have been commissioned to lead efforts to develop a more hospitable culture in Korea... Yippee!
Date : 2017/11/29 | Views : 1483