Greetings everyone, welcome to the Korea Ecotourism Society (KES)
My name is Seong-il Kim and I am currently serving as the President of KES.
In 2002, the Year of World Ecotourism as designated by UN, a small forum was formed among some 200 stakeholders to bring about a society for furtherance of ecotourism promotion, following the Ecotourism Symposium in Jeju Island.
Quite wistfully however, the effort did not come to an immediate fruition.
As a result of extensive endeavor put together by the experts who have participated the forum and various supporters of its foundation, the Korea Ecotourism Society was able to take its first step on May 12th 2010 by being registered to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
In 2014, the registration was transferred to the Ministry of Environment.
The history of KES may be brief, yet with poise and vigor, we have been deploying a myriad of projects such as ecotourism photo exhibition, verification policy research, statistical survey, FAM tour, ecotourism program development, interpretor-fostering academy, international symposium & workshops, young leaders' club and more.
Rest assured, we experts at the KES will try our utmost for manifestation of KES ideology within the Republic of Korea, through various projects along with domestic and foreign network expansion, based on further preparations and revisions.
With that being said, I would like to avail myself of this occasion to urge you for continued support and active participation.
Thank you very much.