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Posted : 2013-06-12 20:19
Updated : 2013-06-12 20:19

Mobile service center opens for foreign tourists

Hong Ju-min, center, secretary general of the Visit Korea Committee, and Choi Noh-sok, fourth from left, vice chairman of the Korea Tourism Association, and other officials cut tape during a launching ceremony for the Moving Service Center for foreign tourists in Insa-dong, Seoul, Tuesday.
/ Courtesy of Visit Korea Committee


By Shim Jae-yun


The Korea Visit Committee (KVC) has opened a Moving Service Center to facilitate foreigners visiting major destinations across the nation.

The service center refers to movable booths providing substantial services for foreigners touring local areas and major event sites.

The opening of the new concept service facility comes amid ever growing numbers of foreigners who travel to the provinces, said KVC secretary general Hong Joo-min.

The opening ceremony took place in Insa-dong, Seoul, Tuesday, with the attendance of ranking officials from related authorities such as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Seoul Metropolitan City and Korea Tourism Association.

The center will be operated for events and regional festivals frequented by foreign tourists with the start from the ongoing Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013.

Different from the hitherto simple tourist information booth, the center will provide various tourism information via a kiosk equipped with Korea's state-of-the-art information and technology. To enhance language services for the foreign visitors, the center will also offer translators for English, Japanese and Chinese.

In addition, a 100-inch LED TV screen will be installed to broadcast videos about local destinations along with services for use of the Internet and cellular phone recharging. The visitors will also be able to take commemorative photos on the back of a wall symbolizing Korea.

The committee is poised to publicize related projects such as high-quality Must-See Routes, and the K-shuttle, a bus service exclusively for foreign tourists and K-pop festivals.

It also plans to deploy various projects with related authorities and companies through joint marketing. Hyundai Motor, Shinsegae Department Store, Hyudai Department Store and SkinAnniversary will take part in the project by donating vehicles, and giveaways.

"The new service center is expected to enhance a satisfactory level of foreign tourists visiting local areas and the image of Korea's tourism by offering high quality services. We will expand the service areas in collaboration with local governments, companies and organizations," Hong said.


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