What we did in 2020


Due to unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, few meetings and projects were canceled, postponed, or held through online.
Please refer to the below for details.

1. 2020 TPO Webinar (Online)
  • Date & Time: Tues., 7 July, 11:00 (KST)
  • Title: 2020 TPO Webinar - Analysis on Effects of COVID-19 on Tourism & Expeditious Normalization of Tourism in the Post COVID-19 in Asia Pacific Region
  • Theme: COVID-19 & Recovery in the Tourism Industry
  • Participants: 450 people including representatives from TPO Members and tourism-related organizations, etc.
  • Main Programs Moderator & Keynote Speech: Prof. Dr. Hwang Yeong-Hyeon, President, APTA(Asia Pacific Tourism Association) Case Presentation: COVID-19 Reponse & Tourism Recovery Plan Busan, Korea / Bheemdatta, Nepal / Foshan, China / Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam / Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia / Vung Tau City, Vietnam / Yogyakarta: Indonesia Proposals: Inter-city cooperation to help recover the tourism industry Baubua, Indonesia / North Sumatra, Indonesia / Ipoh, Malaysia
2. TPO Regional Meetings (Online)
  • Participants: TPO Members and invited guests from tourism related organizations, etc.
  • Main Programs Report on TPO Activity & Introduction of new project (TTN: TPO Tourism Network) Session 1: Case Presentation: The way of managing the tourism industry amid COVID-19 Session 2 Proposals and Discussion Agenda 1​: Expansion and management of TPO member cities in Malaysia Agenda 2: Views and suggestions on the new project, existing activities and 2021 activities Agenda 3: Other matters proposed by the participants
A. Indonesia
  • Date & Time: Tue., 25 August/ 11:00-13:40 (KST)
    Member (17) Ambon, Baubau, Bitung, Bogor, Jailolo, Jakarta, Langgur, Maumere, Nias, North Sumatra, Padang, Pariaman, Samosir, Serdang Bedagai, Taliabu, Yogyakarta
    Non-Member (3) Pasuruan, Sukabumi, Central Java

    - Case Presentation: Padang, Pariaman, Serdang Bedagai, Jailolo, Yogyakarta

    - Special Session: North Sumatra - Preparation for successful hosting of the 10th TPO General Assembly

B. Malaysia
  • Date & Time: Wed., 21 October / 11:00 – 14:00 (KST)
  • Date & Time: Tue., 25 August/ 11:00-13:40 (KST)
    TPO Member (6) Alor Setar, George Town, Ipoh, Kampar, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Kangsar, Taiping
    Non-Member (2) Batu Gajah, Manjung
    Invited Guests (6) ITC(Islamic Tourism Center), Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board(Seoul Office) IRDA(Iskandar Regional Development Authority, etc.

    - Keynote Speech: Director General of ITC

    - Case Presentation: Ipoh, Taiping

C. China
  • Date & Time: Tue., 24 November, 15:30-17:00 (KST)
  • Date & Time: Tue., 25 August/ 11:00-13:40 (KST)
    TPO Member (16) Guangzhou, Sanya, Wenzhou, Zhangjiajie, Yantai, Suzhou, Liufanxiu, Qingdao, Dalian, Foshan, Xiaoguan, Huzhou, Lianyunhang, Dujianyian, Zhengzhou, Simyang
    Non-Member (4) Lizhang, Ningbo, Rizhou, Hecou
    Invited Guests (2) Consulate General of China in Busan, Seoul Office of Chinese Ministry of culture and Tourism

    - Keynote Speech : Director of Tourism Research Institute, Zhejiang University

    - Case Presentation: Wenzhou, Zhangjiajie, Suzhou, Yantai

D. Vietnam
  • Date & Time: Fri., 11 December / 11:00-13:30 (KST)
  • Date & Time: Tue., 25 August/ 11:00-13:40 (KST)
    TPO Member (6) Bac Ninh Province, Da Lat, Da Nang, Haiphong, Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau
    Non-Member (5) Long An Province, Quang Nam Province, Quang Ninh Province, Son La Province, Thua Thien Hue
    Invited Guests (4) Embassy of Vietnam to Korea, Vietnam Tourism Administration in Korea, East Asia Inter-regional Tourism Forum Secretariat, Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board

    - Keynote Speech : Chairman of Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board(TAB)

    - Case Presentation : Bac Ninh, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, Thua Thien Hue

3. Establishment of TTN : TPO Tourism Network
  • Background To provide actual benefits and services to the TPO membership by establishing and strengthening an online network among the members. To improve the effectiveness of friendly cooperation and mutual exchange between and among the members. To transform the tourism value chain, currently centred on major companies, into the chain centred on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to enhance SMEs’ roles and competitiveness, to develop sustainable tourism and create jobs.
  • Functions Collection and provision of tourism information on the member cities and the tourism industries. Creation of opportunities to share knowledge and information and engage in B2B consulting on the tourism sector. Discovery of potential collaborative projects among member cities, development of new tourism products, etc. Use of the network as a tool to promote TPO projects and programs and to promote tourism resources and products of member cities.
    May-July 2020 Establishment Plan & Consideration on feasibility
    June 2020 Consultative Meeting
    August – December 2020 TPO Regional Meeting (Discussion & Feedback on the validity and reliability of the project)
4. TPO Tourism Information Exchange Program
  • Participants: City members
  • Period : January - December 2020
  • arget : Citizens and public institutions of the member cities
  • Purpose To provide an opportunity to promote the tourism destinations of the member cities through exchanging the tourism-related information between and among member cities To promote the partner city’s tourism destinations through the media operated by the member city
  • Details : Publish tourism-related advertising articles of the member city A in the media of public relations of the member city B. In the meantime, the member city B is to do vise-versa
  • Matching and information exchanges : January to June 2020
  • Promotion : July to December 2020
    No. City
    1 Jakarta Geoje
    2 Foshan Andong
    3 Ho Chi Minh City Changwon
    4 Ho Chi Minh City Dujiangyan
    5 Chengdu Ho Chi Minh City
    6 Da Lat Du jiang yan
    7 Zhengzhou Incheon
    8 Simonoseki Zhengzhou
    9 Bac Ninh Province Simonoseki
5. Operation of the Marketing Center
  • Establishment date : March 2018
  • Venue : Busan Global Village
  • Detail Promotion of TPO and the member cities to the visitors (around 4,0000 per year) Showing PR video clips on tourism resources of the member cities Provision and distribution of promotional material of the member cities English lessons on TPO member cities (about 180 times per month)
6. Information Service and Communication
Operation of TPO Website (
  • Introduction of TPO and its activities and communication with the members
  • Provision of tourism information on the members and enhancement of PR functions
  • Service in English, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese

Publication of TPO official magazine, “Tourism Scope”
  • Publication of E-Magazine in English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese
  • Distribution of its printed version in English
  • Publication of 44th Edition

Publication of TPO E-newsletter, “Tourism News Patrol”
  • Publication: Every month / Online / Service in English, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese
  • Publication of TPO Newsletter No. 177 – 185

❖ Cancelled / Postponed Activities

9th TPO Forum
  • TPO Forum is to discuss topical issues in the tourism industry and to share knowledge and experiences among working-level officials of member cities.
  • Period: October 2020
  • Venue: Wenzhou, China
  • Objectives: To deliberate on significant issues in the field of tourism and to exchange information and opinions among member cities.
  • Budget Preparation: Airfare, Accommodation, Registration Fee, etc.
TPO Presidential Meetings
  • Objectives: Discussion on the operation of the organization between the Presidential bodies and network building.
  • Participants: Representatives of the President and Co-president cities.
The 35th and 36th Executive Committee Meeting
  • Objectives: Within the scope of the General Assembly’s decisions, the Executive Committee deliberates on various matters related to the operation and projects of the organization.
  • Details: To deliberate on significant issues related to the operation of the organization such as budget plans and approval of new members.
  • Decisions made at the Executive Committee Meeting shall be submitted to the General Assembly for approval.
  • Budget Preparation: Airfare, Accommodation, etc.
TPO Consulting Committee
  • Composed of around 10 tourism experts
  • Consulting services provided to member cities who wish to receive such services, with the consulting costs borne by the service users
  • Consulting areas : strategies for developing tourist sites, polices to promote and invigorate the tourism industry measures to boost the competitiveness of local tourism destinations, restructing the tourism sector, etc.
Joint Marketing Project
(Joint participation in international travel exhibitions or holding of the TPO Travel Presentation)
  • Participants: City members and members in the private sectors, etc.
  • Purpose To support the tourism marketing activities of member cities and facilitate their tourism industry through the promotion of their brands. To increase the efficiency and reduce marketing expenses through the joint project. Strengthen mutual cooperation for the development of the tourism industry in TPO member cities.
Human Resources Development Program in Tourism Sector
1) V-CLIP 2020
  • Approximately 40 or 70 participants over 18 years of age
  • Purpose : Foster global understanding and cultivate global thinking amongst young people by sharing home cultures and embracing new ones Contribute to the development of culture and tourism through the exchange of international youths Create a network of youngsters and provide an opportunity for the in-depth understanding of the member cities and their cultures through cultural activities and field trips
  • Period : 1-2 weeks
  • Venue & Host : To be decided
2) Cultivation of Human Resources
  • Cultivation of Human Resources Program Participants : University students in tourism and perspective tourism professionals Credit-awarding courses or programs Certificate program for tourism experts in collaboration with other tourism-related bodies Period : 1-2 weeks Number of participants : 40 or 70 people aged over 18 years old
3) TPO Capacity Building
  • Capacity Building Program for officials of TPO Member cities Participants : 40 persons including working-level officials of the member cities and tourism experts Period : one or two-week short-term education
  • Purpose Help the public officials of the member cities in charge of the tourism sector further boost their capacities. Boost morale, thereby giving them a chance to strengthen their capacity. Opportunity to experience the outstanding tourism resources of the member cities.