At a reception in Hanoi on May 20 for Mayor of Daegu Kwon Young-jin and Gyeongsangbuk province’s Deputy Governor Yoon Yong-jin, the top municipal leader said HCM City always attributes importance to and wishes to develop the Vietnam-RoK strategic cooperative partnership as well as cooperative ties with Korean localities in an effective and comprehensive manner.
He expressed his confidence that with fruitful tourism cooperation over the years and the new visa policy that the RoK is applying on Vietnamese citizens and specially those in major cities such as HCM City, Hanoi and Da Nang, tourism collaboration between both nations as well as HCM City and Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk will further grow further.
In reply, the Mayor of Daegu hailed HCM City’s support for his city to carry out cooperation activities across multiple fields, especially culture and tourism.
He said that the RoK delegation’s visit to the city aims to promote tourism of the two localities, expressing his hope to expand partnership with local travel firms.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Gyeongsangbuk province showed his impression with HCM City’s tourism potential, saying he expects stronger cooperation with the city, especially in culture and tourism.
He invited HCM City leaders to attend the Gyeongju Global Cultural Festival in Gyeongsangbuk slated for October.
Last year, 934,000 Koreans visited HCM City, up 73% over the previous year, making the RoK the second largest tourism market of the city.
As of April 2019, the RoK is the third largest foreign investor among 106 countries and territories investing in the city with 1,600 projects totally capitalized at more than US$5 billion.