For a boom-up of the 2018 Changwon World Shooting Championship to attract tourists from home & abroad, Changwon City invited over 40 senior diplomats to the venue of the 2018 Changwon World Shooting Championship which will run until Sep. 15, 2018, in addition to visiting Jinhae Naval Port as part of the Changwon famtour programs to celebrate Changwon Visit Year 2018.
On Sep. 4th, senior diplomats from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. were able to watch shooting competitions of 4,000 players from 120 countries in the world including Jinhae Naval Port visit and last but not least Changwon city famtours etc. by the invitation of honorable Mayor Hur Sung-moo from Changwon City.
The World Shooting Championship is the most prestigious competition among the championships governed by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and it takes place every four years. The championship includes competitions in all the events supervised by the ISSF and Olympic events. Most of the championships have taken place in Europe and Korea is the only Asian country to host this great competition- first, at the 42nd Seoul Championship in 1978 and second, at the 52nd Changwon Championship in 2018, according to Changwon City.
Upon arriving at Changwon last Tuesday morning, visiting diplomatic community was greeted by director Heo Seon-do of tourism & culture bureau , Changwon City & its dedicated staffs in the hopes that visiting diplomatic community will be able to play an publicity ambassador role for Changwon city globally.
In a welcome ceremony for visiting diplomatic community, Heo said that the 2018 Changwon World Shooting Championship was held to herald a message of peace and harmony all over the world from the Republic of Korea, adding Changwon is leading the economy of the Republic of Korea as a mecca of shipbuilding, mechanics industry and last but not least trade which represents Korea. Heo hoped that after returning for the senior diplomats to their country, they would play a publicity amb. role for Changwon so that Changwon City will be able to be reborn as a global tourism city.
On behalf of all visiting diplomatic community, deputy head mission Mr. Seng Socheed from the Embassy of Cambodia said that he is pleased to see the attention of the world is turning to Changwon on the occasion of the host for the 52nd World Shooting Championship, adding he personally visit Changwon second time following a MOU agreement between a Cambodia City & Changwon to forge a sisterhood city relationship last year.
All participants shouted fighting before the luncheon at Sungsan Art Hall buffet restaurant, for the success of the Changwon Championship in order that the city could take a leap as an international sports city and to deliver the wishes that Changwon City in Korea will become a global festival for all visitors.
In the afternoon, visiting diplomatic community visited Changwon International Shooting Range, an international venue for Changwon 2018 World Shooting Championships(world‘s most prestigous international shooting competition organized by International Shooting Sport Federation) to encourage their country athletes.
This is an international-standard shooting range established on a 10ha land surrounded by nature. It consists of a clay target shooting range, powder gun shooting range, and air gun shooting range, according to Changwon City officials.
In 1999, a part of the Changwon International Shooting Range was opened to the general public, and it has since become a dynamic leisure center that people seek out when they are in need of an energy boost. Situated on the foothills of Bongnimsan Mountain (elevation: 566m) overlooking Changwon, people also often climb up to the peak for the spectacular view and scenery.
Another highlight for the visiting diplomatic community was to visit Jinhae Naval Port in the afternoon and in the evening, visiting diplomatic community was invited to another welcome dinner reception by Nonghyup Kyungnam Headquarters where second vice mayor Lee Hyun-ku from Changwon City and many executives from NongHyup Kyungnam Headquarters including Headquarters Chief Kim Suk-kyun were on hand to welcome visiting diplomatic community in the hopes of forging friendships each other among participating countries.
Touching upon that it is a great honor for him to meet many senior diplomats in Changwon, Headquarters Chief Kim said that he would like to express sincere salute for honorable Changwon City mayor Hur Sung-moo and all related persons, adding the 2018 Changwon Shooting Championship from 120 countries in the world is a valuable opportunity to seek development of each nations and to seek ways for coexistence.
Through its screen publicity material, NongHyup publicized that its bank was ranked as No.1 in terms of its social contribution & social responsibility activities and for the mutual financial development, NongHyup has been forging a partnership with 4 Europe countries as well as 9 Asian nations.
2nd vice mayor Lee Hyun-kyu from Changwon City said by his toast remarks that he sincerely hopes visiting diplomatic community‘s Changwon visit would be continued with their revisit so that Changwon City can show them with a more flourished shape.