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S. Korea and Spain to cooperate for safe and sustainable tourism Updated: 2021-06-17 14:49:34 KST

President Moon Jae-in wraps up his state visit to Spain today.
On his last day, he took part in a South Korea-Spain tourism roundtable and also met with Spanish Cardinal Juan Jose.
For more on this, let's go over to our Hong Yoo who is on the line for us.
Yoo, travel between South Korea and Spain has dropped so much. But now that COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out in both countries, are there any plans to increase tourism?

Ji-yeon, looking for specific ways to have safe and sustainable tourism after the pandemic was the top agenda of the South Korea-Spain tourism roundtable.
President Moon Jae-in, tourism experts and business leaders from both countries took the time to evaluate the future of the tourism industry after Covid-19, and to search for ways to ensure more active exchanges between the two countries in the future.
For that, the two governments agreed to extend the Action Plan on Tourism Cooperation Between South Korea and Spain by one more year.
This involves local government cooperation to respond to issues faced by tourists from both countries, and to promote food, movie, and medical tourism.
Moon emphasized during the roundtable that it is important to find ways to make mankind happier through travel on the principle of coexistence between humans and nature.
One project under discussion during the roundtable include forming symbolic roads around 1km long in both countries.
One would be in the Routes of Santiago de Compostela and the other on the Jeju Olle Trial as something that would represent each country in the other.
They have also discussed exhibiting the art collection of the late Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee at the Prado National Museum.

We know in fact that South Korea is considering forming a travel bubble with Spain. What would this travel bubble mean to the tourism industry?

South Korea's Minister of Tourism Hwang hee who is also in Spain, told reporters on Wednesday that the two countries are looking into a travel bubble agreement.
This would mean that the arrivals from the two countries would be exempt from self-quarantine.
But the minister said this is yet to be discussed with the health authorities.
Madrid, in fact, had already announced that it will exempt self-quarantine for arrivals from around ten countries including South Korea.
Seoul, meanwhile, is actively looking into allowing those inoculated be exempt from self-quarantine.
Minister Hwang wishes for travel to resume in July and pointed out that health authorities should not be too conservative when approaching the concept of forming a travel bubble.
He said if the country loses this opportunity, the tourism industry could be damaged and lose its competitiveness.
Going back to President Moon's last day in Spain, Moon is expected to meet with the Spanish Cardinal Juan Jose before his flight back to Seoul.
Their meeting takes place at Barcelona's famous Roman Catholic Church, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.
With that, President Moon wraps up his state visit to Spain and is to arrive in Seoul early on Friday.
Back to you Ji-yeon.
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