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NEAR Secretariat Plans to Hold 'NEAR International Forum on Cruise Tours’ Finalized2018-12-17 15:52:48

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On Monday, December 17, 2018 the NEAR Secretariat finalized and announced their plans to host the NEAR International Forum on Cruise Tour. The forum will be held from Wednesday, February 20 to Friday February 22, 2019 in Pohang City, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, home to the NEAR Secretariat. All NEAR member regional governments and bodies involved in the cruise tour industry, shipping and tourism industries, and media field will be invited. The NEAR Secretariat met with experts in cruise tourism and discussed and finalized plans to hold the forum with organizers and sponsors on Thursday, November 29.


The NEAR Secretariat has been working on the cooperation and development of the cruise tourism industry in Northeast Asia in light of the expectations of NEAR member regional governments with regards to the revitalization of the cruise tourism industry in the region following the recent progress of inter-Korean relations and the possibility of the opening of North Korea. The secretariat visited Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and the Jeju Cruise Industry Association, the host organization of the Jeju International Cruise Forum, and held meetings with representatives and staff in the field. The Secretariat also attended related forums and seminars held in member regional governments in Incheon Metropolitan City (Nov. 2), Jeollanam-do Province (Dec. 7), and Busan Metropolitan City (Dec. 13). The Secretariat visited Japanese members including Kyoto and Akita prefectures and Russian members including Primorsky and Kamtachatka regions, and met with regional government officials to discuss the forum.