SoKor leader seeks more vibrant tourism ties with PH

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 14 2017 04:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte looks on as South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrives for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit gala dinner in Manila, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

MANILA – South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said he wants his country and the Philippines to have improved tourism ties, citing the two nations’ deepening people-to-people ties.

In his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Moon noted that “Korean wave is popular in the Philippines,” with 1.5 million Korean tourists visiting the Philippines annually.

“It's a great pleasure that our two peoples are deepening mutual understanding and friendship through close exchanges,” Moon said.

“And I hope that we could make joint efforts to further strengthen this trend.”

Moon also asked Duterte to ensure the safety of Korean tourists and residents in the Philippines.

“I will also pay close attention and make my best efforts to ensure that the Filipinos visiting and living in Korea can be safe and comfortable,” he said.

He also invited Filipinos to visit South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.