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FTC Orders Foreign Online Travel Agencies to Revise Unfair Refund Policies

FTC Orders Foreign Online Travel Agencies to Revise Unfair Refund Policies

SEJONG, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s corporate watchdog said Tuesday that it had foreign online travel agencies revise their unfair refund policies. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said it has looked into provisions and clauses of four firms — Agoda, Booking.com, Hotels.com and Expedia — and discovered unfair terms that restrict the cancellation [...]

Haetae: The Much-Loved Mascot of Korea

Haetae: The Much-Loved Mascot of Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Sculptures of the legendary creature Haetae can be spotted around Seoul, often near historical landmarks and other high-profile locations like the National Assembly Building. Shaped like a lion with a horn on its forehead, the imaginary animal from Korean mythology is known as a guardian that fends off fire [...]

More than Half of Foreigners Visit S. Korea after Watching Hallyu Content: Poll

More than Half of Foreigners Visit S. Korea after Watching Hallyu Content: Poll

SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — More than half of foreigners coming to South Korea on private trips chose their destination after experiencing “hallyu,” which refers to the Korean Wave of popular culture, a local poll showed Thursday. The Korea Tourism Organization polled 3,199 people who visited the country with reservations for flights only or [...]

Gyeonggi Province Continues Push to Attract International Tourists, to Little Avail

Gyeonggi Province Continues Push to Attract International Tourists, to Little Avail

SUWON, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Despite a number of initiatives to attract international tourists, the number of visitors to Gyeonggi Province has remained underwhelming, new government data has revealed. Gyeonggi Province has been attempting to boost the local economy by developing new tourism programs and other promotional activities with the slogan ‘Gwangang Gyeonggi’ (Tourism Gyeonggi), [...]

Korean Android Users Spend Most Time on YouTube, Kakao Talk

Korean Android Users Spend Most Time on YouTube, Kakao Talk

SEOUL, Nov.1 (Korea Bizwire) – Market research company Wiseapp publicly disclosed the results of a nationwide survey of 23,000 Android OS-based smartphone users on October 31, which revealed YouTube has overtaken messaging app Kakao Talk as the most used service. The results of the same survey that was conducted last year had Kakao Talk in [...]

Chinese Travel Agency Reaches Out to Lotte Hotel After Long THAAD Hiatus

Chinese Travel Agency Reaches Out to Lotte Hotel After Long THAAD Hiatus

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – It has been reported that China’s biggest travel agency, Ctrip, has been in contact with Lotte Hotel for a possible business deal, fueling speculation that China’s ban on package group tours to South Korea might soon be lifted. According to Lotte Hotel on Thursday, Ctrip has been in touch with [...]

Passengers Boarding LCCs Bound for U.S. to Face Enhanced Security Checks

Passengers Boarding LCCs Bound for U.S. to Face Enhanced Security Checks

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – The government said Thursday that South Korean travelers flying to the U.S. destinations aboard budget carriers must arrive at airports three hours before the flight to undergo enhanced security checks and interviews. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said the moves come as the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) asked 180 airlines from 105 countries in June to carry out thorough pre-flight security checks of passengers through interviews and [...]