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[Business] Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region: Improving Public-Private Partnerships

L to R: Charm Lee (CEO, Korea Tourism Organization), Soo Siew Keong (Regional Director North Asia, Singapore Tourism Board), Kyongsoo Lho (Co-Chairman, Asia Society Korea Center), Simeon P. Marfori, II (Undersecretary, Department of Tourism, Philippines), Dong Bin Shin (Co-Chairman, Asia Society Korea Center)

Asia Society Korea Center members and friends welcomed vice ministers from the Philippines and Singapore, and speakers Simeon P. Marfori, II, Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Tourism, and Soo Siew Keong, the Singapore Tourism Board's regional director, for a special discussion on public-private partnerships for economic and social development. Marfori emphasized the Philippines as a centrally located nation waiting to be discovered and millions of dollar waiting to be earned. Touching on Singapore's strengths, Soo pointed to the 18 free trade agreements that his country has enacted, Singapore's recognized status as a good place to do business, its location and cruise ship-friendly harbor, and their recently upgraded infrastructure.

Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region: Improving Public-Private Partnerships for Economic and Social Development


  • To foster international dialogue and strengthen public-private partnerships among Korea and other Asian countries where the tourism industry is particularly recognized as a valuable national resource
  • To explore possibilities of mutual partnership by further understanding political and economic environments of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines
  • To develop regional trade strategies to support our long-term goal of becoming an economic hub

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Event Details

Tue 28 Sep 2010
9:00am - 6:00pm