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South Korea to Check Air Passenger Info to Sort out Potential Terrorists

South Korea to Check Air Passenger Info to Sort out Potential Terrorists

SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Starting in April, South Korea will check information on inbound air passengers to sort out potential terrorists, officials said Wednesday, as Seoul seeks to beef up security ahead of major sporting events amid growing military threats from North Korea.  The government also decided to establish a system that would [...]

Naver Uses Artificial Intelligence to Recommend Travel Ideas

Naver Uses Artificial Intelligence to Recommend Travel Ideas

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean Internet giant Naver announced Wednesday the launch of ConA (Context Recognition AI), an artificial intelligence platform that automatically recommends travel destinations overseas.  According to Naver, ConA uses deep learning technology and makes use of big data from online tour sites or restaurant information to come up with [...]

Seoul to Develop New, Tailored Programs for Chinese Tourists

Seoul to Develop New, Tailored Programs for Chinese Tourists

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – The government will work to develop what it called tailor-made tour programs that will meet the various tastes of tourists from China and other countries, the tourism ministry said Friday.  The new programs to be developed will target individual tourists or small groups, according to the Ministry of Culture, [...]

Book Cafés: Hotspot Havens for Koreans

Book Cafés: Hotspot Havens for Koreans

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – One particular social trend finding prominence in 2016 was the “do-it-yourself” movement. In a society that places high importance on group activities, and emphasizes that everything be done “together,” the concept of dining alone, studying alone, or even drinking alone, seemed alien in the past, and these types of [...]

China Weighs More “THAAD” Sanctions, Restricts Travel to Korea

China Weighs More “THAAD” Sanctions, Restricts Travel to Korea

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – In a series of what are being seen as retaliatory measures over Korea’s decision to deploy an American THAAD missile battery, the Chinese government recently rejected a request from South Korean airlines to operate charter flights between the two countries, adding to previously announced orders to cut down the [...]

Budget Carriers’ Share Tops 20 Pct in Int’l Routes

Budget Carriers’ Share Tops 20 Pct in Int’l Routes

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – The share of South Korea’s low cost carriers in international passenger traffic topped 20 percent last month, aided by growing demand for cheap air tickets and expanded capacity, data showed on Friday.  According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, a total of 1.27 [...]

“Fortune Telling”, “National Security” Tours Top 2016 Korea Tourism Trends

“Fortune Telling”, “National Security” Tours Top 2016 Korea Tourism Trends

SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – Local tour agency Cosmojin Tour announced Tuesday the top five tourism trends in 2016 for inbound travelers.  According to Cosmojin, this year was marked by an increasing number of individual tourists, instead of group tours, and company officials said the number of inquiries for the tours rose by 30 [...]