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New 48-Hour ‘Discover Seoul Pass’ Coming Soon

New 48-Hour ‘Discover Seoul Pass’ Coming Soon

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Plans for a new edition of the ‘Discover Seoul Pass’, which will allow foreign tourists to enjoy a wide selection of tourist attractions in Seoul for 48 hours, were revealed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Wednesday. The 48-hour city pass is the revamped edition of a previous version [...]

S. Korean Airlines to Cut Back China-Bound Flights

S. Korean Airlines to Cut Back China-Bound Flights

SEOUL, March 14 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean airlines said Tuesday they will reduce China-bound flights temporarily to cope with falling tourist demand after Beijing ordered its travel agencies to stop selling group tours in protest of Seoul’s installation of a U.S. anti-missile system.  Local air carriers, including budget carriers, are facing difficulties after Beijing [...]

Subways Most Preferred Transportation Choice for Many Foreigners

Subways Most Preferred Transportation Choice for Many Foreigners

SEOUL, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Foreign tourists prefer subways and railroads while shying away from buses and taxis due to complicated route maps and expensive fares, a survey showed Monday.  About 70 percent of 649 foreign tourists were satisfied by their use of subways and railroads, according to the survey conducted by the Korea [...]

Explore South Korea’s National Parks Via 360-Degree Videos

Explore South Korea’s National Parks Via 360-Degree Videos

SEOUL, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) – You can now enjoy breathtaking scenery from national parks in South Korea, such as Cheonwangbong Peak in Jirisan National Park, from home without the hassle of hours of travelling and hiking, thanks to a new virtual reality (VR) service. The Korea National Park Service (KNPS) has recently added 16 [...]

Thousands of Chinese Cruise Passengers Refuse to Disembark in Jeju amid Diplomatic Woes

Thousands of Chinese Cruise Passengers Refuse to Disembark in Jeju amid Diplomatic Woes

JEJU, South Korea, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) – More than 3,400 Chinese tourists chose not to get off their cruise ship after arriving at the Port of Jeju last Saturday afternoon, amid South Korea-China conflict over the THAAD missile systems that has rapidly deteriorated in recent weeks.  Shocked and intimidated by the collective hostility, 31 [...]

THAAD Spat Thwarts Duty-frees’ Plans to Expand

THAAD Spat Thwarts Duty-frees’ Plans to Expand

SEOUL, Mar. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean duty-free operators are holding back from expanding their businesses on grim prospects that the intensifying trade spat between South Korea and China over the U.S. anti-missile system will further weigh down sales, industry sources said Sunday. HDC Shilla Co., a latecomer in the local duty-free industry, may [...]

China Bans Trip Sales to S. Korea

China Bans Trip Sales to S. Korea

SHANGHAI/SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) – China has instructed travel agencies in the country to stop selling trips to South Korea, sources said Thursday, in what is seen as another retaliatory move against Seoul’s decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defense system.  According to industry sources in China, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) [...]

Misbehaving Few Cast Chinese Tourists in a Bad Light

Misbehaving Few Cast Chinese Tourists in a Bad Light

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese tourists have become an indispensable asset for domestic tourism, accounting for roughly 60 percent of all individual travelers to Korea, and over half of all customers at local duty-free stores.  But as is the case for all popular tourist destinations, misbehaviors and an apparent lack of respect for [...]

Growth Rate of Japanese Tourists Visiting S. Korea Rebounds in 2016

Growth Rate of Japanese Tourists Visiting S. Korea Rebounds in 2016

TOKYO, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of Japanese tourists visiting South Korea increased 23.4 percent from a year earlier to 2.30 million in 2016 amid improved relations between the two neighboring countries, marking a reversal from declines for three consecutive years, data showed Monday.  According to the Tokyo office of the state-run Korea [...]