The target model of tourism development based on the experience of the 2018 World Cup, the direct interaction of the twin cities, visa-free travel, as well as educational, scientific and cultural exchange programs will help increase tourist flows between Russia and the Republic of Korea. This was reported by Svetlana Chupsheva, General Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) at the conference “Korea - Russia. Dialogue on Economic Cooperation ”, which took place on November 23 in Moscow.
“Russia and Korea have a difficult goal, marked by our leaders during the meeting in June 2018 - bringing the mutual tourist flow to 1 million people a year. This can be achieved using a visa-free regime that has been in effect between our countries for several years, as well as through the development of programs for human, educational, scientific and cultural exchanges,” the head of the ASI said.
Svetlana Chupsheva noted that the target model of tourism development, which will be developed at the ASI site, taking into account the experience of holding the 2018 World Cup in Russia, should play an important role in solving the task.
“During the World Cup, many Korean fans visited Russian cities. I am sure that soon, Korean tourists will be able to discover other, different tourist destinations - cultural, natural, and objects of extreme tourism - in various parts of our country,” she said.
Another aspect in the development of tourism, according to Svetlana Chupsheva, can be direct links between the cities of Russia and Korea.
“Already now, in various Russian cities, there are 13 twin cities in the Republic of Korea, and talks are regularly held at the level of city mayors. In November, the first Russian-Korean Interregional Forum was held in Pohan, during which our countries exchanged best practices in various fields - from ways to solve social problems to the introduction of advanced technologies,” the general director of ASI said.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Moscow, U Yun Geun, said that the “Nine Bridges for Cooperation” initiative will help strengthen bilateral relations.
“In early 2019, the leaders of our countries will sign a plan for the nine bridges. As part of this document, the Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation and the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia are actively working to specify projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure development, shipbuilding, agriculture and the fishing industry,” the ambassador explained.
The Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) has been cooperating with Korean partners for several years: the Korean Embassy in Russia and the Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Korcham), the Committee under the President of the Republic of Korea on northern economic cooperation.
In 2017, the road show of Russian regions took place in Seoul. About 150 Korean companies attended the presentation of the investment potential of the regions with the participation of heads of constituent entities.
In September 2018, at the suggestion of the Korean side, the Russian-Korean Business and Investment Council was established. The agency acted as the coordinator of the new platform of Russian-Korean business consultations.