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Brief History of KTO

  • 2016 Reached 17 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea
  • 2014 Reached 14 million in number of foreign tourists to KoreaHeadquarters moved to Wonju
  • 2012 Reached 11 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea
  • 2010 “Visit Korea Year 2010-2012”
  • 2009 Ranked first place in two categories of the Public Institution Management Ranking of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance
  • 2008 Change of Corporate English Name (Korea National Tourism Organization→ Korea Tourism Organization)
  • 2006 Opened Geumgangsan Office
  • 2005 New CI Launched
    Established Grand Korea Leisure (a subsidiary corporation)
  • 2004 Hosted General Assembly of PATA Kick-off
    Opened Korea Tourism Investment Center (KTIC)
  • 2003 Opened Geumgangsan Mountain Land Route
  • 2002 Tourism Planning Organization for World Cup and Asian Games
  • 2001 Relocation of KTO Duty Free Shops to Incheon International Airport
  • 2000 Reached 5 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea
  • 1999 Closed down Tourism Training Center in Gyeongju
  • 1998 Reached 4 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea (4.25 million)
  • 1997 Opened Jumunjin Family Hotel
  • 1996 Change of Corporate English Name (Korea National Tourism Corporation → Korea National Tourism Organization)
  • 1995 Seonam Tourism Development Corporation merged into KNTC
  • 1994 (318 events including the 600th Anniversary of Seoul)
    Hosted Top 3 PATA Events (Annual Conference, Tourism Trade Show, World Congress)
  • 1993 Supported Daejeon Expo
    Established Seonam Tourism Development Corporation (a subsidiary)
  • 1991 Reached 3 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea (3.2 million)
    Haenam Hwawon Resort Complex Development Plan
  • 1989 M&A of Jeju Tourism Development Corporation
  • 1988 Reached 2 million in number of foreign tourists
    Supported '88 Olympic Games
    (Promotion and Event Coordination part)
  • 1986 Opened Tourism Information Center (TIC)
    Supported '86 Asian Games (Promotion and Event Coordination part)
  • 1983 Hosted ASTA Annual Conference
  • 1982 Renamed ‘Korea National Tourism Corporation' (KNTC)
    Launched Construction of Jeju Jungmun Tourism Complex
  • 1980 Established the Jeju Tourism Development Corporation (a subsidiary)
    Launched planning of Jeju Jungmun Resort Complex
  • 1979 Hosted PATA Annual Conference
    ※ Enlarged overseas network (1 office in 1969 → 9 offices by 1979)
  • 1978 Reached 1 million in number of foreign tourists (1.08 million)
  • 1977 Opened Tourist Complaint Center
    Opened Tourism Training Center in Gyeongju
  • 1975 Established the Gyeongju Tourism Development Corporation (a subsidiary)
  • 1973 Launched development of Seorak-dong Tourism Complex
  • 1971 Kicked-off development of Gyeongju Bomun Lake Resort Complex
  • 1969 Opened Hotel Training Center
    Opened Tokyo Office
  • 1968 Reached 100,000 in number of foreign tourists (103,000)
  • 1962 Established International Tourism Corporation (current KTO)
    Direct operator of hotels (Walkerhill, Bando, Tower, Chosun etc), Arirang Taxi, Daehan Travel
    Introduced a training and qualification program for tourism industry employees
  • 1961 Enactment of the Tourism Promotion Act