2021 OECD Global Forum on Tourism Statistics, Knowledge and Policies

Date Nov 01, 2021

2021 OECD Global Forum on Tourism Statistics, Knowledge and Policies

Hybrid Global Forum to be held on the Future of Tourism Industry from Nov 3


Commemorating the 25th year of Korea joining the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Minister HWANG Hee, MCST) and the Korea Tourism Organization (President AHN YoungBae, KTO) will host the 2021 OECD Global Forum on Tourism Statistics, Knowledge and Policies at Grand Ball Room at the Shilla Hotels & Resorts from November 3 to 5 to discuss on the sustainable tourism industry after long suffering from the COVID-19.


The forum brings together high-level policy makers, statisticians, and leaders from the both public and private sectors to exchange, view, and experience on issues on the international tourism. This year’s forum will be livestreamed online and those who want to take part in the forum need to reserve via the official website (http://oecd-events.org/tourism-statistics) prior to the event (Due Nov 2 at noon). For more detailed information on the forum, please call POD Communications Inc (070-4711-7763).


  The theme of this year’s forum is “Reshaping tourism for a more resilient and sustainable tourism”, and the forum will be include the topics of knowledge on tourisms and its policy. This forum will provide a unique platform to support tourism recovery and develop a common transformation agenda for the tourism economy, to move to stronger, more sustainable, and inclusive models of tourism development in the future.


Tourism Ministers and Vice Ministers from seven different countries, including Greece, Columbia, Costa Rica, Portugal, Spain, and New Zealand and 40 experts in the field of tourism and travel will deliver speech and be engaged in the discussions via both online and offline. On the first day of the forum, Minister Hwang (MCST) will deliver a virtual opening remark and Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General of OECD, will deliver a congratulatory speech. Under the theme of “Lessons from the crisis? Better preparing tourism for a more resilient future”, panels and participants will discuss on innovating tourism data and the experience to establish resilient system and successfully overcoming the crisis. Maria Xiemena Lombana, Colombian Minister for Commerce, Industry and Tourism will start speech on tourism on the first day.


On Day 2 (Nov 4), the forum will open with the theme of “Recovery, and beyond: Building tourism back better” and Gustavo Segura, Tourism Minister in Costa Rica, will deliver speech on facilitating regional recovery and establishing eco-friendly and sustainable tourism economy. On Day 3, data-based policies for the tourism industry will be shared and there will be high-level discussions on the future of the tourism industry. On the last day of the forum, KIM, Jang-ho, the Tourism Director-General from MCST will also take part.


Taking the opportunity of this year’s international forum, MCST will run a special program for delegation to experience the charm of Korean culture. The foreign official delegation will have opportunities to visit the “Lee Kun-hee Collection: Masterpieces of Korean Art held at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and visit the T.um (SK Future Technology Experience Center) to experience key ICT technologies of a smart tourism city.


Minister Hwang said that “Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world but over the past two years the business has suffered an unprecedented downturn due to the COVID-19. Taking the advantage of this international forum, it is expected that the tourism industry will be able to present another new vision for sustainable growth based on its resilience to cope with crisis. Korea with other OECD countries will support necessary structural changes, including digital transformation to build a resilient tourism country.”