SEOUL, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 80 percent of South Koreans who plan to go on summer vacation this year will stay in the country, a survey showed Wednesday, amid the government’s push to boost domestic travel.
Of 1,105 people, 55.2 percent said they intend to go on summer vacation, according to the Ministry Culture, Sports and Tourism. The figure is slightly higher than the 52.1 percent tallied in 2017.
Among the total respondents who plan to travel this summer, 82.6 percent said they will stay in South Korea, compared with 12.2 percent who said they were planning to go abroad, the findings showed.
The most popular domestic travel destination was Gangwon Province on the country’s east coast, according to the survey, with 32.1 percent of respondents planning to visit the region, which is famous for Seorak Mountain and beaches.
Among those who said they have no plans for summer vacation, 76.1 cited lack of composure or leisure time, followed by 15.3 percent who cited health grounds and 12.1 percent who cited financial reasons.
The average cost of a vacation among those who said they were planning domestic travel stood at 259,000 won (US$230).
The telephone survey was conducted from June 8-22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.95 percentage points.