The OECD Tourism Committee and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, are pleased to announce that the 90th session of the Tourism Committee, followed by a back-to-back OECD-APEC Forum on Tourism (APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), will be held at the Deogyusan Resort, Muju, Jeonbuk Province, Republic of Korea, from 24-25 September 2012 (participation in both events is by invitation only).
The Tourism Committee, created in 1948, acts as the OECD forum for exchange, and for monitoring policies and structural changes affecting the development of domestic and international tourism. It actively promotes the sustainable economic growth of tourism. Issues to be discussed at the 90th session of the Committee include: the flagship publication OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2012; sustainable tourism development, the role of green innovation in tourism, and outcomes from the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development; measuring competitiveness in tourism; trade in tourism services, with a focus on travel facilitation, and the outcomes of the T20 and G20; and the 11th Global Forum on Tourism Statistics.
The OECD-APEC Forum on Tourism will provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences and activities in the field of tourism, with the objective to identify synergies and areas for closer co-operation between the OECD Tourism Committee and the APEC Tourism Working Group. The main topic of discussion at the Forum will be how to achieve greater competitiveness and growth in travel and tourism, with a focus on i) measures of competitiveness; and ii) travel facilitation programs as a means of enhancing travel flows.
The meeting and forum will be followed by a half-day technical tour of the region, highlighting local examples of Korea’s long-standing commitment to ‘green’ tourism, and demonstrating the close link between food and the tourism experience (please see the Food and the Tourism Experience: The OECD-Korea Workshop publication for further information on this topic).