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NEAR Secretariat Holds Conference for the Activation of Cruise Tourism in Northeast Asia2019-02-26

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The NEAR Secretariat held a conference for NEAR member regional governments, shipping companies, and tour companies on February 20, 2019 at POSCO International Center, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, home to the NEAR Secretariat. The purpose of the meeting was to activate cruise tourism in Northeast Asia.

The conference was attended by the NEAR Secretary-General Hong Jong-kyoung, Director Mishima Osamu of Kyoto Prefecture, Director Pakholkova Nataliia of the Sakhalin Region, Russia, and others from NEAR member regional governments. From business sectors, cruise tour companies including Silversea Cruise, Costa Cruises and Carnival Corporation, tourism companies including, Lotte Tour, Hyundai Asan, Diligans Kamchatka in Russia, Shanghai International Cruise Terminal in China attended the meeting.


At the meeting, presentations on the topics of the ‘Cruise Status of Pohang City,’ by the Pohang City Government, and ‘Cruise Tourism in Gyeongsagnbuk-do Province,’ by Gyeongbuk Culture and Tourism Corporation were held. A conference led by Chairman Kim Jong-nam of International Cruise Industry Research Institute and a networking session among the participants followed.


After the Conference, the participants visited Youngilman Port in Pohang, where the International Cruise Terminal instruction will be completed in 2020 under the guidance of Pohang City Government.