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Moon expresses hope for closer S. Korea-Spain exchange at bilateral tourism biz roundtableBy Yonhap
Published : June 17, 2021 - 21:01
Moon, travelled to Spain for a three-day state visit, attended a South Korea-Spain tourism industry roundtable event held at the mountain-side monastery of Montserrat in Catalonia, north of Barcelona.
At the event, the two governments signed a memorandum of understanding to extend their bilateral tourism promotion campaign, which was initially designated for 2020-2021 but canceled due to the pandemic, by one year.
"International cooperation on travel and tourism is not only a way of resuscitating the tourism industry but is also a catalyst in the recovery of people's everyday lives," Moon said.
He also hoped that the two countries would see more active exchange and cooperation in the tourism industry when the COVID-19 situation stabilizes.
Moon explained how tourism is a major contributor to the two nation's economies, accounting for 12 percent and 2.5 percent of Spain and South Korea's gross domestic production, respectively, and emphasized that resumption of the leisure businesses can "speed up the recovery of the global economy."
While mentioning sustainability and green transformation of the tourism industry, Moon also stressed the importance of finding ways for mankind to become more happy through travel, based on the "principle of striving for coexistence between humans and nature."
Moon also explained South Koreans' affection for Spain, noting how 630,000 Koreans visited the European nation in 2019. "The Spanish people's interest in South Korea is also growing," he added.
On Wednesday, Moon and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez agreed to elevate the countries' bilateral relationship to a "strategic partnership." The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1950.
Spain is the last leg of Moon's weeklong Europe tour that also took him to Britain and Austria. He is scheduled to return to home Friday. (Yonhap)
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