Since its establishment in 2002, TPO has been dedicated to promoting tourism exchanges and cooperation among the city governments in the Asia Pacific region. With a growing number of members, TPO has been exerting a significant impact on the world’s tourism market. As of today, there are 131 city governments and 54 private entities in 16 countries as the membership of TPO.
As the whole axis of the global economy has shifted on to Asia, it is a golden opportunity to boost tourism in the Asia Pacific region endowed with the potential for growth and abundant tourism resources.
TPO serves as an important platform for the interchanges and cooperation among the member cities in the Asia Pacific region. The close cooperative relations and mutual exchanges among the members of TPO are the main driving forces of TPO’s activities and creative initiatives. These factors also enable TPO to contribute the global tourism industry on the base of the Asia Pacific region.
On the basis of active support and cooperation of urban citizens in the Asia Pacific region, if we manage the beautiful nature and unique culture of the member cities as invaluable tourism resources, and endeavor to benefit every member city, it will surely make great progress not only in the development of tourism sector in the member cities but also in socio-cultural aspects, and thus will make TPO continue to grow into a more prestigious international organization.
TPO will strive to provide better services to the members and tourists and stay committed to contributing to the development of the tourism industry for the Asia Pacific cities and the prosperity and the peace in the region.
The impact of the Coivid-19 pandemic that has emerged since the end of 2019 affects every world and every sector of the economy. Specially, the tourism sector was very seriously impacted.
Mungyeong is a city where the coal mining industry flourished in the past. The splendid coal mining industry ended with passage of the times and experience a slump in many areas including the population and the economy. But now Mungyeong city has grown into representative tourist city in South Korea.
Mungyeong city exactly knows the potential economic boost a strong tourism industry can deliver. In the future, We will continue to strive to build an innovative tourism industry and a creative economy.
When tourism industry around the world is stagnant due to Covid-19, it is time when we all need cooperation and knowledge sharing to restore the economy and especially revive the tourism sector.
I hope that TPO will serve as a turning point for the revival of the Asia-pacific cities tourism industry and that it will be an active international exchange venue for good ideas and ways to lead the post Covid-19 era. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the TPO member cities for providing a good opportunity as co-present of the TPO, and wish you happiness and health.