SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – In a bid to boost domestic travel via public transport and attract more foreign tourists to the outer provinces, the government is set to introduce an all-in-one pass that simplifies the logistics aspect of touring South Korea.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport made it official by announcing the government program, which will entail the interlinking of a wide range of industries, at a tourism strategy discussion meeting presided over by prime minister Lee Nak-yeon on December 18.
Starting in January, travelers will be able to book train tickets, rental cars, accommodations and purchase entry passes for tourist attractions, all in a “One Ticket All Pass” that will be available on a smartphone app from Korail, the national railroad operator of South Korea.
A more rudimentary version of the One Ticket All Pass currently exists, but its benefits only extend to bookings with certain rental car companies and takeout restaurants.
An even more expansive framework that will enable visitors to book flight and train tickets with baggage transfer from the former to the latter has also been crafted by the government and will be rolled out in the first half of next year.
To help travelers go back and forth from the train station to their destination, car sharing and rental car depots will be placed at or near the building.
Construction work on new roads and the improvement of existing expressways were also mentioned as bullet points in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s list of tasks to improve the domestic travel experience.
Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)