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New ANTOR Chairman Awang
ANTOR Chief Stresses "Tourism Exchanges"
“We Will Promote Both In- and Outbound” Says Awang
New Chairman Abdul Mutalib Awang of the Association of National Tourist Office in Korea.

New Chairman Abdul Mutalib Awang of the Association of National Tourist Office in Korea (ANTOR Korea) emphasized "tourism exchanges" between South Korea and ANTOR member countries in his speech he made during a New Year's gathering.

Chairman Awang and 15 other directors of foreign tourist office in Seoul held a New Year's ANTOR's meeting at a hotel downtown Seoul on Jan. 25, 2007.

New ANTOR leadership was formed during the ANTOR meeting. Mr. Choi Soo-Myung, Korea representative of Czech Tourist Authority-Czech Tourism, was selected as vice chairman. Director Wang Jen-Te of Taiwan Visitors Association Seoul Office was appointed as treasurer, Director Son Hyun-Joong of Canadian Tourism Commission as advisor, Director Adele Kim of Tourism Western Australia as secretary general, respectively.

"We are not merely promoting ANTOR member countries to the "local Korean people," Chairman Awang stressed. "We will also work closely with KATA and KTA for both 'outbound and inbound' tourism."

"We will enhance 'tourism exchanges' between South Korea and ANTOR member countries," said Chairman Awang. "That is our mission."

Chairman Awang, who is director of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) Korea, was elected unanimously as ANTOR chairman at ANTOR's year end meeting in 2006.

New ANTOR Chairman Abdul Mutalib Awang (fourth from right) poses with other ANTOR leaders.

Currently, a total of 25 foreign tourism offices are registered as ANTOR members. Several more tourism offices are expected to join ANTOR as they showed their interest in the tourism body.

Six more national tourism offices from such places as Great Britain, the Switzerland, and Canada's Alberta will become ANTOR members this year, according to Chairman Awang.

Chairman Awang said that ANTOR had maintained good relations with Korean tourism industry for the last 15 years since its inception in 1992.

"As in last year, we will enforce our cooperation with such Korean tourism organizations as KTA (Korea Tourism Association) and KATA (Korea Association of Travel Agents)," said Chairman Awang.

For this Chairman Awang led other ANTOR leaders to a meeting with Chairman Shin Joong-Mok of KTA Federation, and KATA Chairman Chung Woo-Sik on Jan. 30, 2007.

On Feb. 23 through Feb. 25, 2007, Chairman Awang will also visit Busan and Gyeongju for meetings with the regional tourism representatives in the provincial cities.

Chairman Awang said that ANTOR opened its new website (www.antor.or.kr) to provide local people with the latest information about member countries and to use the site as a common ground for exchanging opinion among member countries.



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