Travel Expo to open next week


An annual travel fair will open to present information about attractive destinations in Korea, local specialties and events.

The Korea Travel Expo 2008 will kick off at COEX in southern Seoul on Feb. 27 for a four-day run through March 1.

More than 260 organizations and travel agencies will take part in the expo, organized by the Korea Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and KBS. Some 100,000 visitors are expected.

For the 2008 Visit Gwangju-Jeonnam (South Jeolla Province), local authorities of the region will be the guests of honor and promote their tour programs.

Special promotion booths will be prepared to boost tourism in Taean, South Chungcheong Province, where the nation’s largest oil spill hit. Although many of the tourist attractions there have recovered from the damage, people are still shunning the region, and residents there, who make a living by the tourist industry, are suffering financial difficulty.

Visitors will also be able to have information on the destinations shown in soap operas and movies. Performers from various regions will also showcase their performances.

The admission fee is 2,000 won for adults, and free for children, the elderly aged over 65, and elementary, middle and high school students. Free admission is also available for those who join the membership at the Web site of the expo,, and print the voucher.

English, Chinese and Japanese interpretation service will be available. For more information, call (02) 1330.