Friday, October 22, 2010

Seoul to run free tour programs for G20 visitors

Seoul City plans to run free tour programs for foreigners who visit the capital city to participate in Group of 20 Summit events in November, officials said Friday.
For those who participate in the main meeting of the summit, the city will run six daytime tour programs from Nov. 9-12 that will take visitors to key tourist attractions, including Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folk Museum, Myeong-dong and the Hanok Village at the foot of Namsan in Seoul.
During the same period, the city will also run six nighttime tour programs, which include visits to the Deoksu Palace, the Cheonggye Stream, the N Seoul Tower and Dongdaemun Market.
For visitors attending a series of meetings to be held ahead of the summit, such as the T20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting (from Oct. 11-14) and the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting (from Oct. 21-23), the city has prepared a total of 12 tour courses.
The tour courses are organized not only for participants for the official meetings, but also for their spouses, entourages and journalists. The half-day program is expected to take 3 to 4 hours while the full-day program is to take 8 to 9 hours.
The metropolitan government expects some 15,000 foreign visitors to use the new tour programs.
“We have developed tour courses that will enable them to look around the city in a short time as the number of foreigners who want to experience the beauty of the Korean capital is increasing,” Lee Hae-woo, a senior city official in charge of tourism promotion, told reporters.

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