President-elect Lee Myung-bak sat down Monday with leaders of the country’s tourism industry.
In the meeting he stressed the need to view tourism as part of Korea’s culture, adding that the government needs to see the industry in a new light.
He stressed that the government and private sector must join hands to boost tourism and that he will revise necessary laws and regulations to increase support.
As a success story the incoming president highlighted efforts by Dubai to draw more tourists by building a waterway through the desert where ships can sail.
The remark was viewed by some as a way of promoting his own plans of building a cross-country canal across Korea.