Int'l Tourism Event in Seoul
Asia-Pacific Tourism Investment Conference and Expo to open Oct.29-31 at COEX
The Asia-Pacific Tourism Investment Conference and Expo is slated to open Oct. 29-31 at the Indian Hall of the Coex in southern Seoul sponsored jointly by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization.
The international meeting will be divided into six sessions during the three-day conference with pre-conference gathering and the opening slated for the evening of Oct. 29 at the Grand Inter-Continental Hotel on downtown Seoul, the tourism agency announced recently.
The event is the first expo on tourism held annually in the country designed to spur investment for the development of tourism infrastructure with 24 well-known experts in tourism investment and development as speakers and emcees to collect various information on tourism development and discuss them at the meeting.
About 4,000 people such as investors, the developers of tourism facilities, operators, and financial experts are expected to come to the meeting,
where hundreds of booths will be set up for local autonomous organizations and tourist industry people who want to attract investment and forge strategic ties to further expand their tourism businesses, the tourism agency said.
The operators of the booths will be able to provide information on plans to develop tourism facilities and products to foreign participants who will be tourism related so that the tourism event would play the role of a 'tourism marketplace,'saving a of expenses otherwise spent to explain their plans overseas.
Speakers at the first session to be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 will include Dimitry V. Fedokin, deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency for Management of Special Economic Zone. And Joseph Chiang, president, Lippo Incheon Development with the moderator being Min Jo Heekyung, director general, Business Opportunity Bureau, Incheon Free Economic Zone.
The speakers in the second session scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Oct. 31 include Jim, Scheidel, CEO, Cunningham Group, Tony Sefton, CEO, Vision XS, Matthew Sparks, vice, president of Global Development, Fairmount Raffles Hotel Int'l. Moderators are Michael Bartok, exec. V.President, Paramount Licensing, and Eric Swanson, GM. Millenium Seoul Hilton.
Chairman Tomas Williams, of Universal Parks and Resorts, will say in his speech that the 2007 Asia-Pacific Tourism Investment Conference and Expo was very helpful to the extent that it confirmed our responsibilities for sustainable growth in the tourism industry in Asia-Pacific region including Korea and helped us to hold jointly various information on the Universal Parks and Resorts for government officials related with the tourism industry, supporters and tourism industry people.
Tomas Kozlowski, chairman of Urban Asia Development, the event will be a wonderful opportunity for world leaders and reformists in the tourism industry around the world to meet each other in discussions, and presentations, which are educational and informative.
President Michael Marks of Middle Kingdom Alliance Corp. will say that he will find the activities in the programs and related events will be related together deeply and will contribute enormously to further development of the tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific region, which has been the most dynamic industry in the most important region in the world.
Some of the major topics to be dealt with at those sessions include tourism investment policy and Incentives in the Asia-Pacific Region; Case Study: Sentosa Island Project, Singapore, Case Study: Macau's Transformation, Successful Large-scale Tourism Development Projects, Urban Redevelopment and Tourism Investment, Advantage of Government and Private Sector Cooperative Projects. nw
(photo above) A view of the Asia-Pacific Tourism Investment Conference and Expo 2007.
(photo below) An inside view of the expo of the tourism conference.