POSTED: August 21st 2010
Alpensia popularity vindicates central role in PyeongChang's 2018 Winter bid
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications
PYEONGCHANG, Aug 21: Officials of PyeongChang's bid to win host rights to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games have been delighted with a survey confirming that more than 25,000 people had visited the Alpensia resort’s ski tower during the peak summer season between mid-July and mid-August.
This data meant Alpensia ranks among South Korea's top tourist destinations and vindicated the work of Bang-rae Jo, the resort ceo.
The survey was conducted by the Gangwon Development Corporation and highlighted Alpensia’s appeal as a year-round destination for tourists. Visitors of the ski tower gain a unique view of the Daegwallyeong mountains and a offers spectacular panoramic perspective of PyeongChang 2018’s proposed Alpensia Cluster for the Winter Games.
Yang Ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018's chairman and ceo, said: "We are delighted with the level of interest shown for the Alpensia Resort and its venues among tourists in the region this year. While PyeongChang is bidding for the 2018 Winter Games, we believe that its use as a year-round resort is an important part of our story to the Olympic Family and will no doubt contribute to a meaningful legacy.
“The Alpensia Resort is at the heart of our proposal and in addition to the ski tower, features state-of-the-art sporting and accommodation facilities. Last year the resort successfully hosted the FIS Sky Jumping Continental Cup and is due to host another one in January 2011, showcasing our capability to host professional international winter sporting events.”
Alpensia is one of the principal Olympic clusters in PyeongChang's Games Plan and would be the location of the main Olympic Village, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and several competition venues such as Cross Country and Biathlon.
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