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1. Introduction to the Los Angeles Office 2. Major Activities
3. Offices 4. Staff
1. Introduction to the Los Angeles Office

The Los Angeles Office of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is charged with the promotion of Korea as a travel destination, with the consequent goal of increasing visitor numbers to that nation. The primary area of focus for the Los Angeles office is interaction with media, tour operators, travel agents, meeting planners, the Korean community and general travel consumers that live and or work in the Western United States and Latin America. The KTO will target each of these specific demographic groups through different activities, which may include press releases, trade shows, direct mailings, advertising, promotions and other special events and activities.

For the KTO, the Western region is comprised of 13 states, which include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Latin America includes Mexico and all countries in Central and South America, although the primary target for the Los Angeles office are in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, as these are the countries that generate the highest amount of visitors to Korea. The Los Angeles Office of the KTO is also responsible for staying visible among community leaders in the western region, and is responsible for maintaining a high-level presence at the most important Korean-American functions.

The Los Angeles Office has moved to the Korea Center on September 30, 2006 to offer an extraordinary experience of Korean Culture and Tourism on the West Coast region of the United States. The Korea Center provides specialized programs, events, films, exhibitions, multiple learning sources, touch screen kiosks and much more.
2. Major Activities
Media Relations
  Promotions to the media community by the Los Angeles office is used to develop increased stories about tourism to Korea in area newspapers, local and national magazines, radio programs, internet promotions and soft television news shows. To this end, the Los Angeles office distributes a specialized press release, which gives a more long-range view of newsworthy events happening in Korea. Interaction with the media in the region also includes personal contact, via phone calls and meetings, media dinner functions and press kit distribution as needed.
Travel Industry Promotion
  The Los Angeles Office maintains contact with more than 150 tour operators within its designated 13 states, including nearly 15 Korean-American agencies. Additionally the western region database contains more than 1,500 travel agencies within the region. Contact with the area wholesalers is specifically targeted to encourage these companies to add Korea to tour programs or to design ways to increase the number of passengers purchasing existing Korea product. Promotions to tour operators and retail travel agents include personal contacts, tour program development assistance, direct monthly mailings, quarterly email programs that are jointly coordinated by all four North American offices, and contact at trade show and functions.
Meeting Planner Promotion
  A small number of international meeting planners are based within the western region, and the KTO includes personal contacts and direct mailings to these meeting planners, so that they will consider holding some of their international forums, seminars, meetings or conventions in any of Korea's world-class meeting facilities.
Advertising
  The western region office is also responsible for generating consumer awareness of Korea, which is primarily accomplished through the use of strategic advertising in top area and national newspapers and magazines. Through the use of the reader-response programs, implemented by each publication, the KTO is able to assess the interest in Korea by publication readers and to renew or revise the advertising plan in future years.
Latin America
  With the increasing number of people traveling to Asia from Latin America, combined with the excitement being generated by the 2002 World Cup Korea/Japan, the western region office has been charged with the promotion of Korea in Latin America. Promotion is primarily being conducted in three target countries, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Activity types in these countries generally mirror those being held in the western region and include promotion to media, travel trade, consumers and industry leaders.
3. Offices

Address

 

5509 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90036

Tel

 

323-634-0280

Fax

 

323-634-0281

E-mail

 

la@kntoamerica.com


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4. Staff
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Executive Director
Tae Shik Kim

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Deputy Director
Hyo Won Ahn

Manager
Manseong Baek

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Marketing Coordinator
Miae Lew 
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Marketing Coordinator
Helena Lee
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Marketing Coordinator
Christopher Mora




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