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Brief History of KTO

  • 2015 International Visitors reach 14 million mark
  • 2014 International Visitors reach 13 million mark
  • 2013 International Visitors reach 12 million mark
  • 2012 International Visitors reach 11 million mark
  • 2011 International Visitors reach 9.8 million mark
  • 2010 International Visitors reach 8.7 million mark
  • 2009 International Visitors reach 7.5 million mark
  • 2008 Korea's official tourism agency changes its name from KNTO (Korea National Tourism Organization) to KTO
    (Korea Tourism Organization)
  • 2007 Official Launch of Brand name for Korean Tourism "Korea, Sparkling"
  • 2005 Reorganized into 6 Divisions based on 3R Plan
    New CI Launched
    Hit 6 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea
    Established Grand Korea Leisure (a subsidiary corporation)
  • 2004 General Assembly of PATA Kick-off, Opening of Korea Tourism Investment Center (KTIC)
  • 2003 Opening of 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 Hit 5 Million in number of foreign tourists to Korea
  • 1999 Closed down Tourism Training Center in Gyeongju
  • 1998 Hit 4 Million in number of foreign tourists to Korea (4.25Million)
  • 1997 Opening of Jumunjin Family Hotel
  • 1996 Change of Corporate English Name (KNTC to KNTO)
  • 1995 Seonam Tourism Development Corporation merged into KNTC
  • 1994 “Visit Korea 1994” Events
    (318 events including the 600th Anniversary of Seoul)
    Top 3 PATA Events (Annual Conference, Tourism Trade Show, World Congress)
  • 1993 Supported Daejeon Expo
    Established Seonam Tourism Development Corporation (a subsidiary)
  • 1991 Hit 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 Hit 2 Million in number of foreign tourists (2.34 Million)
  • 1988
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    1986
    Supported '86 Asian Games, '88 Olympic Games
    (Promotion and Event Coordination part)
    Operatuib of Tourism Planning organization
  • 1986 Opening of Tourism Information Center (TIC)
  • 1983 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 PATA Annual Conference
    ※ Enlarged overseas network (1 office in 1969 → 9 offices by 1970)
  • 1978 Hit 1 million in number of foreign tourists (1.08 million)
  • 1977 Opening of Tourist Complaint Center
    Opening of 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 Opening of Hotel Training Center, opening of a branch in Tokyo
  • 1968 Hit 100,000 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 workers
  • 1961 Enactment of the Tourism Promotion Act