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Hotels Gain Business as Vacationers Seek Nearby Refuge from Summer Heat

Hotels Gain Business as Vacationers Seek Nearby Refuge from Summer Heat

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Hotels in Seoul and its vicinity are showing higher occupancy this summer as vacationers take refuge from record heat at accommodations not too far from home, their business data indicated Wednesday. Resort-style hotel Banyan Tree Club and Spa Seoul said its package sales rose 3 to 5 percent this [...]

First Day of Crackdown on Coffee Shops that Offer Disposable Cups

First Day of Crackdown on Coffee Shops that Offer Disposable Cups

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — With the Seoul Metropolitan Government beginning a crackdown on the use of disposable cups at coffee shops in the city, there were still a few outlets that offered plastic cups to their customers, although an official inspection by the city government concluded otherwise. When six coffee shops in Jongno-gu [...]

Transportation Ministry Rules Car Sharing App “ChaCha” Illegal

Transportation Ministry Rules Car Sharing App “ChaCha” Illegal

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government has found that “ChaCha,” an app-based car sharing service similar to that offered by Uber around the globe, is operating illegally. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) said that after numerous complaints from members of the public regarding the legitimacy of ChaCha’s services, [...]

Gov’t Mulls Stricter ID Verification for Carsharing Services

Gov’t Mulls Stricter ID Verification for Carsharing Services

SEOUL, Jul. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — In order to prevent the misuse of carsharing service vehicles, the government is pushing for a new system that would require users to verify their carsharing ID through a mobile device. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) revealed yesterday that a new verification system that would require [...]

Marriott to Remove Plastic Straws from its Hotels by 2019

Marriott to Remove Plastic Straws from its Hotels by 2019

SEOUL, Jul. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Marriott International said Friday the company will remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from its more than 6,500 properties by July next year, joining global efforts to reduce plastic pollution. The announcement came less than two weeks after Starbucks Coffee Co. vowed to eliminate single-use plastic straws from [...]

Homepick to Launch New Delivery Service to Reach Consumers “Within an Hour”

Homepick to Launch New Delivery Service to Reach Consumers “Within an Hour”

SEOUL, Jul. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Homepick, a joint venture by local energy giants SK Energy and GS Caltex to provide delivery service based on their network of gas stations, is defined by the following tagline: “We deliver within an hour if you’re home.” In the past, delivery service customers had to either wait at [...]

Shinsegae to Open its First Independent Hotel in Seoul This Week

Shinsegae to Open its First Independent Hotel in Seoul This Week

SEOUL, Jul. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Shinsegae Chosun Hotel, the accommodation arm of South Korean retail giant Shinsegae, said Tuesday it plans to open a new boutique hotel in Seoul this week, marking the first time that the business group will operate an independent hotel brand. Hotel L’Escape, located next to Shinsegae’s main department store [...]

Mom-and-pop Stores to Reject Any Hike in Minimum Wage

Mom-and-pop Stores to Reject Any Hike in Minimum Wage

SEOUL, Jul. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Owners of mom-and-pop stores on Friday called on the government to freeze the minimum wage in 2019, claiming rising labor costs will seriously impact their profitability. If the government moves to raise the minimum hourly wage from the current 7,530 won, the Korea Federation of Micro Enterprise (KFME) won’t [...]

Conglomerates Rushing to Bolster Hotel Businesses

Conglomerates Rushing to Bolster Hotel Businesses

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean conglomerates are scrambling to bolster their hotel businesses or build new hotels as part of efforts to achieve positive synergy for their flagship businesses, industry sources said Wednesday. Shinsegae Chosun Hotel Inc., the accommodation arm of retail giant Shinsegae Group, plans to open a boutique hotel with [...]