10 – 13 June 2019 | JEJU – Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, the leading city of UCLG ASPAC Culture Committee, co-organized with UNITAR CIFAL Jeju a learning initiative focused on mainstreaming culture for sustainable city development through the workshop “Culture and Tourism: Creating Culture and Tourism Synergies for Achieving SDGs”.

The workshop gathered 14 city representatives in the field of culture and tourism in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop aimed to build the capacity of participants on culture and tourism policy development, whilst promoting awareness and recognition on the contribution of culture in the framework of SDGs. The workshop was held in conjunction with the 12th Haevichi Arts Festival, where participants had opportunities to join Haevichi sessions such as Art Market/ Booth Exhibition, Haevichi Opening Ceremony and Exchange and Cooperation Networking.

Throughout the workshop, speakers including Ms. Catherine Cullen (Special advisor for UCLG Culture Committee), Ms. Eunjoo Chae (Culture Policy Division, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province), Mr. Jongeop Kim (Vice President, Korea Culture Information Service Agency), Ms. Sun Mi Seo (CEO, PlayPlanet), and Prof. Jongryn Mo (Yonsei University) shared their knowledge on the role of culture and tourism, significance of cultural information management, local culture based tourism and economic impact and the role of local creators for invigorating culture tourism. The workshop also gave participants the opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses of their city’s cultural and tourism industry, and to, further, propose solutions. Infrastructures, amenities, promotion and product development were discussed. Participants also enjoyed their field trip to sites of cultural significance such as Seongeup traditional village, Bunker de Lumiere, Sanghyowon botanical garden and Jeju Olle, to further network and collaborate in the future.

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province has been actively advocating the importance of cultural tourism for the achievement of SDGs. Becoming the Chair of UCLG ASPAC Culture Committee, Jeju has ever since organised Jeju Culture Summit 2018, Global Youth Culture Forum 2018, and consistently organised capacity building activities.