"Working for Korea Tourism Is My Dream Job"
KTO's LA Manager Lectures Local Tourism Students
During her address, O'Crowley offered the students both encouragement and advice telling them, "Your prospects are bright. There are many exciting possibilities in the tourism industry and Korea needs you. Seek out a job that you have a passion for. For me, working for Korea Tourism is my dream job — it allows me to combine my tourism degree, my travel industry experience and my love for Korea. Pick a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life." She went on to brief the students on the current activities of the Los Angeles office of Korea Tourism touching on the topics of advertising campaigns, press contacts, tour development and special promotions. Just prior to her departure for Korea, the office committed to the development of a Korea specialist program for travel agents, a project close to her heart that she has advocated for years. She encouraged the students to look at Korea from an outsider's point of view to develop tourism attractions that will appeal to foreign tourists and the need for more hotels and tourism services in the countryside that will encourage travel beyond Seoul. "I just came from Ganghwa Island," O'Crowley explained to the class, "I attended the 'Man Su Dae Dak Gut' of Shaman Kim Keum-Hwa. It was the most spectacular display of Korean culture I have ever seen. I accompanied a journalist, a college professor and five students of Theater Art from Los Angeles.There were other visitors there from the United States, Germany and Mexico too. They were all amazed and intrigued by this ancient ritual of the shaman traditional culture." Then she turned the tables and asked the class a question "Have any of you ever seen such a performance?" None of the young students had. "This is your culture, be proud of it and know that this is what visitors to your country want to see and learn about" O'Crowley stressed. O'Crowley said one of her Korean friends thanked her for her efforts on behalf of Korea and reminded her that she needed to continue to work hard for the Korean people. Perhaps with that in mind, she closed her speech telling the class that she pleased by the confidence Korea Tourism Organization had in her and was very proud of the opportunity to represent Korea. Leaving the students with the final words of advice, "You are the future of Korea tourism and I am depending on you."
Following the seminar, O'Crowley fielded a number of questions from the students then joined Prof. Mason for a cup of very special green tea from the Jirisan (Mt. Jiri) area and a briefing on the Baek Du San Dae Kan Project, two areas of Mason's Korean expertise. Mason, a 23-year resident of Korea explained that two hikers from New Zealand are currently making the trek and expect to arrive in Seoraksan (Mt. Seorak) in early November. O'Crowley found the subject a fascinating saying, "This is an exciting development and one that I hope we at the Korea Tourism Organization can use to promote Korean tourism opportunities to the adventure market. I wish I could be there when they cross the finish line."
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