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Foreign Countries Tighten Travel Restrictions on S. Korea as New Coronavirus Cases Spike

Foreign Countries Tighten Travel Restrictions on S. Korea as New Coronavirus Cases Spike

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — An increasing number of foreign countries enacting bans on the entry of visitors travelling from South Korea or tightening travel restrictions for the Asian nation as Seoul has reported a drastic increase in new coronavirus infections in recent days. South Korea has seen the number of confirmed coronavirus cases [...]

Jeju’s Tourism Industry Blamed for Ripping Off Visitors

Jeju’s Tourism Industry Blamed for Ripping Off Visitors

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Despite Jeju Island’s tourism industry being at risk due to the coronavirus outbreak, many consumers are voicing discontent due to the island’s poor tourism services. Netizens are blaming the island’s tourism industry for unreasonable prices, unfriendly workers and low quality customer service. “There is a virus in Jeju Island [...]

Tourists Brave Coronavirus, Unseasonal Weather to Enjoy Hwacheon Ice Fishing Festival

Tourists Brave Coronavirus, Unseasonal Weather to Enjoy Hwacheon Ice Fishing Festival

HWACHEON, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Organizers of the 2020 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, a world-famous winter event now under way in the Gangwon Province town, northeast of Seoul, said Thursday that they have been making all-out efforts to ensure the safety of Korean and foreign visitors, particularly in the face of the new coronavirus [...]

Overseas Trip Cancellations Sharply Up in Jan. Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Overseas Trip Cancellations Sharply Up in Jan. Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s tourism industry is expected to take the hardest hit among local businesses here from the outbreak of a new coronavirus as more citizens cancel their overseas trips out of infection concerns, industry data showed Tuesday. According to the country’s largest travel agency HanaTour, a total of 187,000 [...]

S. Korean Airlines Halt 57 pct of China Routes on Coronavirus

S. Korean Airlines Halt 57 pct of China Routes on Coronavirus

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — A deadly new coronavirus has prompted South Korean airlines to suspend more than half of their flight services to China, industry sources said Tuesday. As of Tuesday, industry leader Korean Air Lines Co. and seven other carriers have temporarily suspended 57 out of their 100 routes to the neighboring [...]

4 in 10 S. Koreans Go on Agricultural Tours to “Escape Everyday Life”

4 in 10 S. Koreans Go on Agricultural Tours to “Escape Everyday Life”

SEJONG, Jan. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Almost half of South Koreans were found to have experienced agricultural tourism, mainly to escape from everyday life and relax. The Rural Development Administration conducted a survey of 10,264 citizens over 15 years of age, 41.1 percent of whom said they had been on an agricultural tour program. The [...]

Warm Weather Wreaks Havoc on Winter Festivals in Gangwon Province

Warm Weather Wreaks Havoc on Winter Festivals in Gangwon Province

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Winter festivals in Gangwon Province, typically known for its abundant snow and epitomizing winter in South Korea, are suffering a bitter blow from recent weather that has been unseasonably warm. This winter’s unusually mild weather has had a significant impact on a number of festivals, limiting access to ice [...]