Greetings to all of you who love ecotourism and participate in it.
In 2002, the World Ecotourism Year set by the United Nations, many people interested in ecotourism discussed
Korea's ecotourism in Jeju. That was our first step.
Since the beginning of ecotourism, Korea and the world have also undergone many changes.
Tourism is changing, and major keywords in sustainable tourism are changing as well.
In 2017, the UN adopted a resolution to promote ecotourism to combat poverty and preserve the environment in underdeveloped countries,
and encouraged ecotourism as a new paradigm for tourism.
However, the tourism sector has been hit hardest by the impact of Covid-19 since 2019. And ecotourism was no exception.
Nevertheless, ecotourism will grow and it will gradually replace mass tourism. Now is the important time.
Ecotourism started with tourism that enjoys and learns in well-protected nature.
Since then, it has established itself as a tourism that has a positive impact on the community while feeling responsible and protecting nature.
Profits can be generated through ecotourism and the economic revitalization or sustainability of the local community can be increased.
As a result, individuals and communities that benefit from ecotourism protect their own tourism resources, nature and culture.
We would like to focus and strengthen cooperation with those who are passionate about ecotourism, the government, local governments,
the Korea Ecotourism Network, and local organizations in creating this virtuous cycle structure.
The trend of tourism around the world is changing to ecotourism and sustainable tourism.
We will keep pace with these changes and actively participate in international movements.
We ask for your support.
Co-president Jeryang Ko, Byeonggwon Jang, Yeonbae Jung