Copenhagen today signed a tourism co-operation agreement with the South Korean capital of Seoul in a bid to promote a tourism and cultural exchange between the two cities.
The number of South Korean tourists visiting Denmark has shot up from 9,456 tourists in 2010 to 17,629 last year and city mayor Frank Jensen applauded the link-up.
“Seoul is a huge city that is growing, and with the agreement we hope that even more South Korean tourists come to Copenhagen,” Jensen told Metroxpress newspaper.
Inspired by Beijing deal
Copenhagen signed a similar agreement with Beijing back in 2012 and Jensen hopes for similar success with Seoul.
“Since then, the co-operation with China has only grown and the number of Chinese tourists has increased,” Jensen said.
The target for the number of South Korean tourists coming to Denmark will double over the next five years. Wonderful Copenhagen is planning to initiative activities that will make the Danish capital more visible and attractive for South Korean tourists.
HC Andersen draws crowds
Aside from Copenhagen, Seoul also signed a tourism agreement with Odense, particularly because of HC Andersen, according to Seoul’s mayor, Park Won Soon, who was among the 20-strong delegation from South Korea signing the deal.
“I have read HC Andersen since I was a child and the adventures have moved children and youth around the world, so that’s why Odense is a great inspiration for so many young people worldwide,” Park Won Soon told TV2fyn.dk.