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S. Korea, China, Japan agree to jointly develop 'golden tour routes'

All Headlines 14:16 May 29, 2011

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, May 29 (Yonhap) -- Tourism ministers of South Korea, China and Japan agreed Sunday to develop "golden tour routes" linking the three nations in an effort to boost tourism industries in the region.

The agreement was the highlight of a joint declaration that South Korea's Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Choung Byoung-gug, China's National Tourism Administration chief Shao Qiwei, and Akihiro Ohata, Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism minister, adopted at their annual meeting in this alpine resort town.

The ministers agreed to develop 10 "golden tour routes" running through the three countries, and report the outcome of the project at next year's meeting in Japan.

The three countries also agreed to strengthen cooperation to minimize the negative effects that natural disasters, terrorism and diseases have on tourism, while jointly developing special tourism promotion programs and a crisis management manual.

Japan has been struggling to revive tourism after March's powerful earthquake and tsunami devastated the country's northeast and led to a nuclear crisis.

On the sidelines of the ministerial meeting, about 300 tourism experts from the three countries held a forum to discuss cooperation measures to boost tourism in the region.


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