|Legal status||Statutory organization|
|Korea Tourism Organization|
|Revised Romanization||Hanguk Gwan-gwang Gongsa|
|McCune–Reischauer||Han'guk Kwan'kwang Kongsa|
The KTO was established in 1962 as a government-invested corporation responsible for the South Korean tourism industry according to the International Tourism Corporation Act. The organization promotes Korea as a tourist destination to attract foreign tourists. Starting in the 1980s, domestic tourism promotion also became a function of the KTO.
- 1961: The Tourism Promotion Law is enacted.
- 1962: The International Tourism Corporation (ITC) is established to promote South Korea’s tourism industry through the management of major hotels, taxis and the Korea Travel Bureau, as well as by training human resources to support the travel trade.
- 1968: The number of foreign visitors passes 100,000.
- 1969: The Hotel Institute is opened. The first overseas office opens in Tokyo.
- 1971: Development of Bomun Lake Resort in Gyeongju begins.
- 1977: London office opens in the UK.
- 1978: Korea attracts over one million foreign visitors.
- 1982: The International Tourism Corporation is renamed the Korea National Tourism Corporation (KNTC).
- 1988: The number of foreign visitors surpasses two million.
- 1991: The number of foreign visitors passes three million.
- 1996: The company’s name is changed from Korea National Tourism Corporation to Korea National Tourism Organization.
- 1998: Kumgangsan Diamond Mountains tour begins.
- 2000: Korea attracts five million foreign visitors.
- 2003: Kumgangsan Diamond Mountains land route tour begins. Hallyu (Korea Wave) becomes the major theme of the KTO's overseas marketing. United States branch offices issue newsletter bulletins; offices are in Los Angeles and New York City.
- 2005: KTO reshuffles its organizational structure into six divisions. KTO introduces its new corporate identity. Korea attracts 6.5 million visitors from abroad.
- "The Foundation of Korea Tourism Organization". National Archives of Korea. 2006-12-01. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16.
- Gupta, Satish (2007-01-30). "Korea targets 10 million inbound visitors by 2010". eTN Asia. Archived from the original on 2007-06-28.
- Oh, Jee-chul (2009-03-03). "Tourism to Power Korea's Economy". The Korea Times.
- "USA What's Happening". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
- "About USA Branch Offices". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
- VisitKorea (KTO) homepage (in English)