Participants pose during the Korea tourism forum hosted by the ASEAN-Korea Centre at the Grand Luang Prabang Hotel, in Laos, June 25. / Courtesy of ASEAN-Korea Centre
By Shim Jae-yun
The ASEAN-Korea Centre is hosting the ‘ASEAN Tourism Human Resources Development (HRD) Program' in Vietnam on June 27 and 28.
The program has been co-organized with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and provides lectures on "Korean Tourism," "The Korean Wave and Culture" and "Korean Language." The participants of the program will consist of 50 tourism and related industry professionals.
The center has already hosted similar program in collaboration with the Laos Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism for 60 related people on June 24 and 25.
The lecture on Korean tourism provides an in-depth analysis on tourism trends and prospects for the Korean market while the lecture on the Korean Wave and Culture gives an overview of Korean, and the language program includes practical expressions that can be utilized in day-to-day work when communicating with Korean tourists.
"The HRD program aims to foster the service capacity of tourism professionals of Laos, which was selected as ‘The 2013 World's Best Tourist Destination' by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT)," a center official said.
"Vietnam was reported as one of the top 10 travel destinations by CNN. The program is to provide convenience to Korean tourists and ultimately contribute to invigorating tourism between the two countries and Korea," she said.
Laos has seen a continuous increase in Korean tourists with the number of visitors having doubled from approximately 17,000 in 2009 to 34,000 in 2012. Cities such as Luang Prabang gained especially large popularity. The whole city of Luang Prabang is a designated UNESCO world heritage site and was voted the top city to visit for three years in a row up to 2012, according to travel magazine Wanderlust.
The number of Korean tourists to Vietnam totaled approximately 700,000 in 2012 which is a 30.7 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO).
The center also co-organized the "Korean Language Training Course Program" in Jakarta, Indonesia with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy from June 12 to 25.
The one-week program provided lectures on basic level Korean reading, writing, listening and speaking to participants from the Indonesian tourism and hospitality industry.