EXO have been chosen as one of the seven “Stars of Korean Tourism” in 2019 by the South Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization for their contribution to vitalizing tourism through pop culture and attracting foreign tourists.
They are the only K-pop artists on the list that also includes heritage sites like Naganeupseong Folk Village and the Mancheonha Skywalk, as well as the reality show Welcome, First Time in Korea?.
EXO were presented with the 2019 Korea Tourism Star Award at a ceremony that took place this afternoon, December 10, at The Shilla Seoul hotel. Since they were unable to attend, the members recorded their thank-you speech:
We were awarded with a very meaningful and honorable award, but as we are unable to attend, we came to greet you through a video! We sincerely thank the tourists who found happiness because of us!Chanyeol
Even from this point onward, we will continue putting a lot of effort in the development of Korean tourism. Please love EXO a lot!Suho
This honor comes just four months after the group has been named the official Ambassador of Korean Tourism. Congratulations to EXO!