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Outbound South Korean Female Travelers Outstrip Men

Outbound South Korean Female Travelers Outstrip Men

SEOUL, Apr. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of outbound South Korean women travelers outstripped men for the first time last year. According to a report released by the Korea Association of Travel Agents, over 24.83 million South Korean women traveled abroad last year, excluding flight attendants who accounted for 6.3 percent. In the meantime, the [...]

Seoul Withdraws Financial Support for Int’l Taxis Averaging 0.9 Fare Per Day

Seoul Withdraws Financial Support for Int’l Taxis Averaging 0.9 Fare Per Day

SEOUL, April 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Nine years and 8.6 billion won in funding later, Seoul is stepping back from an international taxi initiative that was founded in 2009 to provide tourists with taxis with English-, Japanese- and Chinese-speaking drivers. In the past nine years of their existence, each international taxi has averaged less than [...]

Seoul City Embarks on Project to Expand Gwanghwamun Square

Seoul City Embarks on Project to Expand Gwanghwamun Square

SEOUL, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul city government and the national heritage agency announced a joint initiative Tuesday to redesign the pedestrian plaza at the heart of the capital as part of urban planning aimed at bolstering public convenience and restoring history. Gwanghwamun Square, located in the middle of the 10-lane Sejongro main [...]

DFS Operating Profits Nosedive amid Keen Competition, Chinese Sanctions

DFS Operating Profits Nosedive amid Keen Competition, Chinese Sanctions

SEOUL, Apr. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Operating profits of South Korea’s duty-free shops declined sharply in general last year due to the cutthroat competition to attract Chinese tourists, and over Beijing’s economic retaliation against the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system here, industry sources said Tuesday. Chinese travel agencies have suspended sales of tour [...]

S. Koreans Overtake Chinese to Rank First Among Visitors to Japan

S. Koreans Overtake Chinese to Rank First Among Visitors to Japan

SEOUL, April 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Japan has been a beneficiary of the strained national ties between South Korea and China over the installation of a U.S. defense missile system (THAAD), with South Korean tourists more inclined to spend their days off in the island nation rather than an unfriendly China.  From January until February, [...]

Hotels Offer Cultural Content Events to Woo Clients: Sources

Hotels Offer Cultural Content Events to Woo Clients: Sources

SEOUL, Mar. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s hotels are organizing music concerts, floral design and cooking classes and other cultural events to attract customers amid keen competition in the lodging industry, industry sources said Wednesday. L7 Hotel in Hongdae, western Seoul, said it invited hip-hop musician Woogie for a concert recently and more than [...]