10 June 2019, Jeju, Republic of Korea- CIFAL Jeju held the 8th international workshop of 2019 on the “Culture and Tourism: Creating Culture and Tourism Synergies for achieving SDGs” from 10 to 13th June, 2019. The event was sponsored by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and held in cooperation with UCLG ASPAC, and Jeju Tourism Organization.
The workshop gathered 17 participants in the area of culture and tourism in the Asia-Pacific, representing 11 countries (Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam). The workshop aimed to build the capacity of participants on culture and tourism policy development, whilst promoting awareness and recognition on the importance of UN SDGs. Especially, the workshop was held in conjunction with the 12th Haevichi Arts Festival, where participants had opportunities to join Haevichi sessions such as Art Market/ Booth Exhibition, Haevichi Opening Ceremony and Exchange and Cooperation Networking.
Throughout the workshop, speakers including Ms. Catherine Cullen (Special advisor for UCLG Culture Committee), Ms. Eunjoo Chae (Culture Policy Division, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province), Mr. Jongeop Kim (Vice President, Korea Culture Information Service Agency), Ms. Sun Mi Seo (CEO, PlayPlanet), and Prof. Jongryn Mo (Yonsei University) have shared their expertise regarding the themes of the role of Culture and Tourism, Significance of Cultural Information Management, Local Culture Based Tourism and Economic Impact, and the role of Local Creators for invigorating Culture Tourism. After the experts’ lectures on the first day, the participants were engaged in a group work with case study presentations, and action plan development exercise, where they shared their ideas and practices which was beneficial for further networking collaboration in the future.
At the end of the workshop, attendees expressed their satisfaction, highlighting the overall usefulness, and enjoyed their field trip to sites of cultural significance such as Seongeup traditional village, Bunker de Lumiere, Sanghyowon botanical garden and Jeju Olle walking course no.7.