Sunday, November 28

Launch of a consultative body to create a barrier-free tourism market

The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism launched the first meeting
Raising awareness of tourism and discovering related contents

A consultative body was launched to support the creation of a barrier-free tourism market.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Association announced that they had launched a consultative body to support the creation of a barrier-free tourism market on October 25 and held the first meeting. This is due to the growing need for a barrier-free tourism market that includes the elderly as well as the disabled due to an increase in life expectancy and a decrease in the fertility rate worldwide.

The council will be chaired by Professor Beom-su Han of Kyonggi University, and 13 private members, including experts in tourism, disability, and the elderly, will participate. In line with the creation of a barrier-free tourism environment such as the expansion of open tourist destinations, the Federation of Korean Associations plans to support the creation of a barrier-free tourism market by raising awareness of barrier-free tourism in the tourism industry, nurturing people who use barrier-free tourism, and discovering barrier-free tourism products and contents. Specific projects include ▲ research on measures to promote barrier-free tourism ▲ development and pilot operation of training programs for nurturing tour care personnel.

Chairman Han Beom-soo said, “At this meeting, there were many talks in various aspects such as institutional improvement related to barrier-free tourism, basic knowledge and professional service areas of workers, facilities and contents, etc. Let’s not stop at a one-time event, but let’s contribute to real change and development.”

Kim Seong-il, a full-time vice president of the Federation of Korean Associations, said, “In order to create a barrier-free tourism market, it is necessary to solve the factors that cause obstacles to tourism and analyze successful cases. We will comprehensively review and cooperate with various related organizations so that barrier-free tourism products and contents can be provided to consumers in various ways and methods.”

By Kim Seon-joo, staff reporter [email protected]

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