The Geumsan World Ginseng Expo Organizing Committee invited 30 United States Forces Korea (USFK) service members and their families and offered a fam tour on June 30 to promote the 2017 Geumsan World Ginseng Expo.
They visited tourist attractions which were designated by the organizing committee, such as Geumsan Ginseng Pavilion in where the ginseng expo is to be held in September, Ginseng Market, Garden of Sky and Bridal Wreath Blooming Village and learned about the history of ginseng and Geumsan from cultural heritage commentator Ko Byung-gil.
AFN Korea, a broadcast service operator for USFK service members, also participated in the fam tour, showing a keen interest in the 2017 Geumsan World Ginseng Expo.
Nicky Williams, a liaison officer who took part in the event, “I’ve traveled around Korea but this is the first time that I took a trip with a theme of ginseng. I am impressed with holing the world expo with ginseng. I will definitely come visit again during the event to get various experiences, such as tasting fried ginsengs and digging ginsengs. I want to introduce the expo to fellow soldiers and friends abroad. So I can fully enjoy ginseng and Geumsan with them.”
Kim Si-hyung, secretary general of the 2017 Geumsan World Ginseng Expo Organizing Committee, said, “The latest fam tour was offered to attract foreign tourists during the 2017 Geumsan World Ginseng Expo and we expect that it has served as a momentum to lure foreigners. We will continuously make an every effort to attract foreign visitors through international students in Korea and in-bound travel agents in the future.”
Meanwhile, the 2017 Geumsan World Ginseng Expo (http://www.insamexpo.or.kr/html/kr/) will take place with a theme of “Root of Life, Ginseng, Fly around World with Science and Culture” at the Ginseng Expo Square in Geumsan County, South Chungcheong Province, for 32 days from Sept. 22 to Oct. 23.