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Jeju Eyes More Local Tourists amid Decrease in Chinese Visitors

Jeju Eyes More Local Tourists amid Decrease in Chinese Visitors

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea, April 23 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s southern resort island of Jeju is seeking to attract more domestic tourists to offset a sharp decrease in Chinese visitors amid political tensions over the deployment of a U.S. missile shield, industry data showed Sunday.  The scenic island had been popular among Chinese tourists [...]

Air Busan, T’way Open up New Routes to Japan amid THAAD Row

Air Busan, T’way Open up New Routes to Japan amid THAAD Row

SEOUL, April 21 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean low-cost carriers Air Busan and T’way Air will set up new routes to Japanese cities as part of efforts to offset declines in demand from China, the companies said Friday.  The number of Chinese travelers has sharply declined following the ban on all travel packages to South [...]

Jeju Tourist Attractions Enjoy International Media Coverage

Jeju Tourist Attractions Enjoy International Media Coverage

JEJU, April 20 (Korea Bizwire) – Jeju Island has attracted international media coverage of famous tourist attractions, including its renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak and Manjanggul Cave, in the run-up to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. Last Thursday, international media outlet Al Jazeera visited Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak and Manjanggul Cave, according to Jeju government [...]

S. Korea to Launch Nationwide Shopping Festival in Fall

S. Korea to Launch Nationwide Shopping Festival in Fall

SEJONG, April 19 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will hold this year’s nationwide shopping festival involving retailers and traditional markets in the fall to attract foreign shoppers and boost lackluster domestic consumption, the government said Wednesday. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the “Korea Sale FESTA,” will take place from Sept. 28 to [...]

Foreigners Being Scammed by Taxis on the Decline

Foreigners Being Scammed by Taxis on the Decline

SEOUL, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) – The overcharging of foreigners by taxi drivers in the Seoul metropolitan area appears to be tapering off, the municipal government said Tuesday, citing the results of its continued crackdowns. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the average taxi fare paid by foreign visitors for trips from Incheon International Airport, [...]

Seoul to Offer Stamps for Completing Hiking Trails

Seoul to Offer Stamps for Completing Hiking Trails

SEOUL, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) – The experience of hikers in Seoul is set to become much more fun and interactive as the Seoul government has released Seoul Dulle-gil (서울둘레길), a mobile app that will reward hikers who complete trails along the outskirts of Seoul with digital stamps and certificates. The new GPS-based app, which was [...]

Southeast Asian Package Tour Groups Can Now Visit Jeju Visa-free

Southeast Asian Package Tour Groups Can Now Visit Jeju Visa-free

JEJU, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Tourists from Southeast Asian countries visiting Jeju Island on the last leg of their tour will soon be able to travel to the rest of South Korea for five days without a visa, according to government officials. At a provincial government conference held yesterday, Jeju Province Governor Won Hee-ryong [...]

China’s THAAD Retaliation Strongly Hits ‘Hallyu’

China’s THAAD Retaliation Strongly Hits ‘Hallyu’

SEOUL, Apr. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean pop culture businesses have been seriously hurt by China’s retaliation against South Korea’s deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system, with more than 30 such cases reported over the past month alone, the culture ministry said Sunday. “A total of 31 damage cases were reported between March 16, [...]