Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is the official institution of the Republic of Korea, responsible for creating strategies and solutions for promotional activities and for travel solutions. 

KTO, having more than 50 years of history, founded and activated Istanbul Office in 2012 in order to implement diverse travel policies and plans to develop tourism activities between Korea and Turkey, two countries sharing deep diplomatic and mutual cultural connections since years. Moreover, KTO Istanbul Office is responsible of coordinating publicity and communication efforts of Korea’s touristic promotion by establishing relationships with media, tour operators, travel agencies, event planners, and individual tourists in 17 countries, including Turkey, Israel, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina, Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia, Croatia, Albany, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Malta, and Armenia.   

This wide range of communication missions of KTO Istanbul Office can be summarized as:

Execution of Media Relations

To plan to realize advertising and PR activities involving newspapers, magazines, radio, internet, and so on.

Development of Travel Industry

To establish connections and to enforce the existing connections among agencies in responsibility region and the agencies in Korea by supporting development of travel programs.

To Nurture Event Planning

To bring up event planning possibilities like forum, seminar, meeting, expo, and conference in Korea’s internationally acclaimed event facilities by communicating to event planners.

Korean Tourism Organization (KTO), developing most economic and effective strategies to travel to and to accommodate in Korea for visitors all over the world, contributes to the formation of creative and sustainable tourism industry in Korea, thanks to its more than fifty years experience.

KTO Istanbul Office, as an active part of this organization, follows the aims and principles developed and implemented by KTO in order to publicize Korean tourism and to support travel solutions in individual and institutional levels.

In the light of Korea’s deeply rooted traditions and settled institutional culture, KTO Istanbul Office adopts the principles of honesty, openness, and foresightedness to create a win-win situation for all parties, from individual tourists to tour operators and travel agencies.

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) was founded in 1962, in accordance with the Enactment of the Tourism Promotion Act implemented by the Republic of Korea in 1961. The organization, adding international offices to the investments made in Korea, developed travel and accommodation solutions for many international events such as Asia Games 1986, Seoul Olympiad Games 1988, and FIFA World Cup 2002.1961 – Korea Enactment of the Tourism Promotion Act

1961 – Korea Enactment of the Tourism Promotion Act
1962 – Established International Tourism Corporation (current KTO)
1978 – Hit 1 million in number of foreign tourists (1.08 million)
1986 – Opening of Tourism Information Center (TIC)
1988 – Hit 2 million in number of foreign tourists (2.34 million)
1991 – Hit 3 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea (3.2 million)
1996 – Change of corporate name (from KNTC to KNTO)
1998 – Hit 4 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea (4.25 million)
2000 – Hit 5 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea
2008– Change of corporate name (from KNTO to KTO)
2009 – Hit 7.5 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea
2012 – Opening of KTO Office in Istanbul
2013 – Hit 12 million in number of foreign tourists to Korea