'Oman-South Korea tourism growing steadily'

Oman Wednesday 16/March/2016 23:12 PM
By: Times News Service
'Oman-South Korea tourism growing steadily'

Muscat: Tourism between Oman and the Republic of Korea is seeing steady growth, said the Ambassador to Oman.
“There is growth in the tourism sector between Oman and Korea; more Korean people are interested in visiting Oman because of its natural beauty,” Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to Oman, Kim Daesik told the Times of Oman on the sidelines of a tree planting ceremony at the new Korean Embassy construction site.
“Many Korean business people have been participating in the process of development of the Omani economy, and more will come in the future,” he added.
According to the Ambassador, Oman and Korea are enjoying an excellent relationship.
“Since 1974, our relations have developed to the great satisfaction of both peoples in every field,” the Ambassador asserted.
Pointing out that South Korea is the number one country to import LNG from Oman; he said the annual worth of the imports is $4 billion. “Omani people are very keen to appreciate Korean achievements,” the Ambassador said.
He also confirmed that the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will soon start functioning inside the new building at the diplomatic quarter.
“Construction of the new building will be completed within three months and we may be able to hold an opening ceremony and the building will remain here forever to mark our close and ever-growing relations,” the Ambassador further said.
A tree planting ceremony was held by Governor Song from the North Jeolla Province of Korea to mark the occasion.
According to the Ambassador, Governor Song is in Oman to garner Omani support for hosting the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Saemangeum, one of the cities in the North Jeolla Province in 2023.
“Governor Song’s regional government is a participant in our new Embassy building project, under the name of the Korean style of North Jeolla province to provide the project with final touch, interior decoration with such traditional beauty and elegance,” the Ambassador said.
“I am sure that after seeing the work done by Governor Song’s province, you will all agree with me that you and the people who will visit the province later will feel the essence of Korean aesthetic sense and beauty,” he added.
Ambassador Nasser bin Mohammed Al Busaidi, chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Mohamed bin Ahmed Al Bulushi, chief of East Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Dato Haji Besar bin Haji Abu Bakar, Brunei’s ambassador and dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassadors of other friendly countries, as well as a number of officials attended the ceremony.