▲ Jeju Weekly Managing Editor Marcie Miller, left, talks with Jeju Self-Governing Province Governor Kim Tae Hwan about Jeju’s readiness for the ASEAN-ROK Summit. Photo courtesy Jeju Provincial Government
Jeju Governor Kim Tae hwan considers the island province to be very fortunate. At a recent interview he talked about the upcoming ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, and what it means to Jeju.
He noted first that Jeju beat out some stiff competition to win the site selection process. It’s sort of the Olympics of world leader meetings.
“There was some strong competition in the bidding process,” he said. “We are lucky to have it here.” Jeju beat out Seoul and Busan, among other Korean cities, in the bid to host Asian leaders and approximately 3,000 summit participants. ICC Jeju was the winning venue.
Gov. Kim hopes Jeju will gain international exposure from hosting the summit, both for tourism and for business opportunities.
With more than 400 CEOs from 10 Asian nations attending a special CEO conference in conjunction with the summit, “…this is an opportunity for them to learn about investing in Jeju,” he said.
The governor noted earlier, in a written interview, that the summit “marks 20 years of official ties between Korea and ASEAN,” and that “The Jeju event is expected to provide significant momentum for Jeju to promote its key industries of tourism and conventions.”
Moreover, “Jeju will solidify its status as one of Asia’s top 10 preferred international convention destinations,” he said.
He felt the “tangible and intangible impacts of this summit would be immeasurable in terms of creating tourism revenues and enhancing free marketing and publicity around the world.”
He hoped that the summit participants get a chance to tour some of Jeju while they are here, so they can see for themselves why Jeju has won UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
“Jeju has incomparable nature,” he said. “The UNESCO designation is not only Jeju’s but the world’s heritage.” Gov. Kim has been in the hot seat lately, with some Jeju resident’s unhappy with his decisions, such as to allow a naval base in the south end, but he hopes all goes well on “Peace Island” during the summit.
“It’s most important to have the Jeju natives give a sincere welcome,” he said.
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