Japan, China, S. Korea discuss tourism promotion
Updated: 2006-07-02 13:55
Ministers in charge of tourism from Japan, China and South Korea agreed on
Sunday to work together to boost the number of visitors among the three
Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kazuo
Kitagawa, China's National Tourism Chief Shao Qiwei and South Korean Culture and
Tourism Chief Kim Myong-gon signed a joint statement that included an effort to
boost the number of visitors among the three nations to 17 million from the
current 12 million within the next five years.
In their first tourism summit held in Kushiro on Japan's northernmost main
island of Hokkaido, the three leaders also agreed to activate tourism through
school trips and promotional events in the region, public broadcaster NHK
"It is extremely important for Japan, China and South Korea to respect each
of our cultures and promote people exchanges among us essential partners,"
Kitagawa told a news conference after signing the agreement.
The three countries also agreed to hold tripartite tourism talks