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Gov’t to Focus on Individuals, Non-Chinese to Fend off THAAD Fallout

Gov’t to Focus on Individuals, Non-Chinese to Fend off THAAD Fallout

SEOUL, Apr. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The government unveiled a string of measures Wednesday to help the ailing local tourism industry overcome the sharp decline in Chinese visitors in the face of a diplomatic standoff between South Korea and China over a U.S. anti-missile system. The local tourism industry is battered by Beijing’s apparent retaliation [...]

Majority of Passenger Ships to Jeju Island Obsolete

Majority of Passenger Ships to Jeju Island Obsolete

JEJU, South Korea, April 12 (Korea Bizwire) – Recent data has revealed that over half of the domestic passenger vessels operating on routes to Jeju Island are facing retirement next year.  According to officials from the island, ten vessels operating on six routes – between Jeju and Busan, Mokpo, Yeosu, Wando, Nokdong and Usuyeong – [...]

Sao Paulo Designates Aug. 15 ‘Korean Culture Day’

Sao Paulo Designates Aug. 15 ‘Korean Culture Day’

SAO PAULO, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Brazil’s largest city Sao Paulo has designated August 15 as “Korean Culture Day,” raising the prospect of enhancing the Korean community’s image in the South American country and boosting the city government’s financial support for Korean culture-related events, South Korean officials said Monday. The designation of Korean Culture [...]

Feasibility Test to Build New Gimhae Airport Approved: Gov’t

Feasibility Test to Build New Gimhae Airport Approved: Gov’t

SEJONG, Apr. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s multi-billion-dollar project to build a new airport in the country’s southeast got a boost as it passed a crucial preliminary feasibility test, the transport ministry said Monday. The Korea Development Institute (KDI), a state-run think tank, approved the feasibility study for the 5.97 trillion won (US$5.2 billion) [...]

Gov’t Seeks to Expand Tourism Services Using Smart Tour Card

Gov’t Seeks to Expand Tourism Services Using Smart Tour Card

SEOUL, April. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s smart fare card for foreigners will be a great tool to offer more tailored support for visitors, the government said Wednesday, as the local tourism industry grapples with the fallout caused by a diplomatic dispute with China. Korea Tour Card, jointly developed by the government and Korea [...]

Jeju Tourism Remains Strong despite THAAD Woes

Jeju Tourism Remains Strong despite THAAD Woes

SEOUL, April 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The tourism industry on South Korea’s resort island of Jeju remained relatively sound in March, despite worries about a serious economic setback from China’s travel package ban to its neighbor amid a diplomatic standoff, industry sources said Wednesday.  The number of tourists who came to Jeju Island was 1.25 [...]

South Korea Plummets in Preference by Chinese Travelers

South Korea Plummets in Preference by Chinese Travelers

SEOUL, April 4 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese travelers’ preference for South Korea plunged over the past year, a survey showed Tuesday, apparently from the tension between the two countries over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system.  A poll by Ctrip, a leading online travel services agency in China, ranked South Korea 16th in [...]