POSTED: January 21st 2014

PyeongChang selected as South Korean Ecotourism Area

The Alpensia Resort area will be the focal point of the Games / POCOG
The Alpensia Resort area will be the focal point of the Games / POCOG

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Twelve areas in South Korea of 54 candidates presented by city and provincial governments were designated as Ecotourism Areas, including three areas in the Gangwon Province.

PyeongChang was one of the eight candidate areas from the Gangwon Province and was ultimately selected just four years prior to the hosting of the Olympic Games in 2018.

The Ecotourism Area Designation program selects areas with high environmental conservation value and experiential and educational implication for ecosystem protection. Each area was chosen based on its nature and ecosystem conservation value, ecological design of facilities, understanding the correlation between the environment and the local culture, engagement and cooperation from the local community, mid-to-long term conservation and management plan and strategy, and willingness to promote ecotourism and the cooperative basis.

PyeongChang and the other selected areas will receive enhanced awareness, income growth from tourism and job creation through support and cooperation from the central government, including 150 million won per three years from the Ministry of Environment for ecotourism programs and promotional campaigns.

Keywords · Gangwon Province · South Korea · PyeongChang · Olympics · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympic Games ·

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