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Pengsoo Effect Being Felt in Travel Industry

Pengsoo Effect Being Felt in Travel Industry

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Pengsoo, an Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) penguin character who is receiving nationwide popularity, is even taking over the travel industry. According to a recent analysis of airline data by online travel agency Trip.com, search volume to Argentina’s Ushuaia from September to mid-November increased 227 percent year-on-year, since the popularity [...]

K-pop Stars to Walk Fans Through Major Korean Tourist Spots

K-pop Stars to Walk Fans Through Major Korean Tourist Spots

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Three K-pop idols, including members from boy band NU’EST, have joined a tourism promotion campaign to walk fans and YouTube users through major Korean tourist spots. Two NU’EST members, Hwang Min-hyun and Ren, as well as the soloist Ha Sung-woon joined the video campaign operated by Seo Kyung-duk, a [...]

7 out of 10 S. Koreans Agree to Efforts for Resumption of Mt. Kumgang Tour

7 out of 10 S. Koreans Agree to Efforts for Resumption of Mt. Kumgang Tour

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Seven out of 10 South Koreans are supportive of government efforts to resume a long-suspended inter-Korean tour program at Mount Kumgang on North Korea’s east coast, a recent poll showed Wednesday, amid the North’s threat to end the cross-border project. According to the survey, conducted by the National Unification [...]

Gov’t to Allow Individual Tourists to Visit Inter-Korean Truce Village

Gov’t to Allow Individual Tourists to Visit Inter-Korean Truce Village

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea is pushing to allow its citizens to make individual visits to the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas, the unification ministry said Tuesday. The Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Promotion Council approved the 1.4 billion won (US$1.2 million) expenditure plan to [...]

Busan’s Yeongdo District Gains Popularity as Island Without Franchises

Busan’s Yeongdo District Gains Popularity as Island Without Franchises

BUSAN, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — One district in the city of Busan is gaining popularity as an ‘island without franchises’. Yeongdo-gu, an island district in Busan, is known as the islet of coffee, where various coffee festivals are held regularly in tandem with local coffee shops. These coffee shops are private stores not affiliated [...]

Reeling from Japan Boycott, Travel Industry Turns to Custom Trips

Reeling from Japan Boycott, Travel Industry Turns to Custom Trips

SEOUL, Nov. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Hit hard by a boycott against travel to Japan, the travel industry is looking for a breakthrough with the rising popularity of customized trips where clients can choose the specifics of their travel . The number of users of “group-tailored travel service” by South Korea’s major travel agency Hana [...]