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S. Korea shares tourism policy with developing countries

South Korea kicked off a forum Monday to share its tourism policy with developing countries as part of its efforts to help them nurture experts in the field, the government said.

Tourism officials from nine countries -- Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Uzbekistan and Peru -- are participating in the three-day forum on tourism development, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

In this file photo, taken April 30, 2018, foreign tourists dressed in Korean traditional costume
In this file photo, taken April 30, 2018, foreign tourists dressed in Korean traditional costume "hanbok" pose for a photo during a royal culture festival at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul. (Yonhap)

After the forum, South Korea will begin a nine-day training program Thursday for working-level officials from the countries, including lectures from local tourism experts, as well as field surveys, the ministry said.

"Developing countries have shown keen interest in our tourism development experience, which saw the number of inbound tourists skyrocket from some 10,000 in 1960 to 13 million in 2017," said Keum Gi-hyung, head of the ministry's tourism policy bureau. "We hope this event will contribute to their economic development through tourism." (Yonhap)

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