President Moon Jae-in, tourism experts and business leaders from both countries evaluated the future of tourism after COVID-19, and looked at ways to ensure more active exchanges between Korea and Spain during a roundtable meeting on Thursday.
Through the meeting, South Korea and Spain agreed to extend their Action Plan on Tourism Cooperation for one more year.
The action plan will involve local government cooperation to respond to issues faced by tourists from both countries, and to promote food, movie, and medical tourism.
Moon emphasized that it is important to find ways to help life return to normal through tourism.
"International cooperation for travel and tourism is not just about the reopening of the tourism industry but also promoting the recovery of everyday life. Tourism is also a way to understand each other, a country's image of daily life and identity beyond industry. I hope Spain and Korea will take the lead in cooperating and can open up a sustainable future for the tourism industry together."
One project under discussion included forming symbolic roads of around 1 kilometer long in both countries.
One would be in the Routes of Santiago de Compostela and the other on the Jeju Olle Trail as something that would represent each country in the other.
They also discussed an exchange of art collections.
President Moon explained that South Korea is trying to resume global tourism as some countries have formed travel bubbles, allowing international travel.
South Korea and Spain are looking into a travel bubble of their own, meaning that arrivals from the two countries would be exempt from self-quarantine.
The Spanish Minister of Industry Reyes Maroto said that Spain will promote safe and sustainable tourism and that she hopes to bring Korean tourists back to the country's famous tour spots.
"Through safe and sustainable tourism we will accelerate the tourism sector over the next three years and promote several projects. We will work on making the tourism industry sustainable and digitalized."
Last on his itinerary, Moon met with the Spanish Cardinal Juan Jose.
The Cardinal said he will be praying for peace on the Korean Peninsula, for Moon's family, and Catholics in South Korea.
President Moon thanked the Cardinal saying that through this meeting he was able to hear his insights on religion's role in overcoming the pandemic.
With that, President Moon wrapped up his state visit to Spain and is to arrive in Seoul early on Friday.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.