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S. Koreans Heading to Philippines Drop amid Military Rule, Shooting Attack

S. Koreans Heading to Philippines Drop amid Military Rule, Shooting Attack

SEOUL, June 7 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of South Koreans visiting the Philippines shrank following the imposition of martial law in the Southeast Asian country’s southern region and the recent shooting in Manila, industry sources said Wednesday.  Some 400 people have canceled their trips to the Philippines since May 25 at a Seoul-based travel [...]

Foreigners Traveling South Korea via Airbnb Up 130% in 2016

Foreigners Traveling South Korea via Airbnb Up 130% in 2016

SEOUL, June 5 (Korea Bizwire) – Airbnb Inc. said Monday about 510,000 foreigners visited South Korea last year using its room-sharing platform in the latest sign of its growing popularity. The figure represents a 130-percent hike from 220,000 recorded in 2015, the website operator said. Separately, about 500,000 South Koreans also used Airbnb in traveling [...]

Seoul to Run ‘K-travel Bus’ for Foreign Travelers

Seoul to Run ‘K-travel Bus’ for Foreign Travelers

SEOUL, June 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul metropolitan government said Sunday it will operate an inter-city bus connecting major tourist attractions in South Korea starting this week to provide visitors a chance to explore the many hidden treasures in the country. The “K-travel Bus” exclusively serves foreign tourists, residents and students who want to travel outside the capital city, to boost travel to smaller cities and rural areas, a [...]

Busan Most Popular Travel Destination Among Taiwanese Foodies

Busan Most Popular Travel Destination Among Taiwanese Foodies

TAIWAN, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) – A new survey conducted by Booking.com revealed Busan was the most popular destination on a list of gourmet cities among Taiwanese travelers. The findings from the survey published yesterday prior to the city’s dragon boat festival also revealed Shanghai and Kobe, Japan as the second and third most popular destinations [...]

Seoul Offers Jobs to Chinese-Speaking Travel Interpreters Amid Travel Ban to South Korea

Seoul Offers Jobs to Chinese-Speaking Travel Interpreters Amid Travel Ban to South Korea

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Tuesday that it is creating 200 jobs exclusively for Chinese-speaking travel interpreters, with China’s travel ban to South Korea still in effect.  According to city officials, the application process will run from May 31 until June 15, and the new recruits will serve as [...]

DMZ Park Transforming into Military, Ecology Tourist Destination

DMZ Park Transforming into Military, Ecology Tourist Destination

PAJU, South Korea, May 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Imjingak, a park located seven kilometers south of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula, is on its way to becoming a global military and ecology tourism destination, said local governments on Wednesday.  According to Gyeonggi Province and Paju city officials, several construction projects are underway [...]

Medical Tourism Prospers in Daegu

Medical Tourism Prospers in Daegu

DAEGU, May 24 (Korea Bizwire) – An increasing number of medical tourists from foreign countries are visiting Daegu, surpassing 20,000 for the first time last year. Daegu had nearly 21,000 overseas patients in 2016, up 62.5 percent compared to the year before, making the city the biggest medical tourism destination apart from the Seoul Capital [...]

Foreign Tourists Fall 27 pct Last Month amid THAAD Row

Foreign Tourists Fall 27 pct Last Month amid THAAD Row

SEOUL, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of foreign tourists to South Korea fell 27 percent in April from a year earlier as demand from China fell dramatically, the country’s tourism agency said Monday. Last month, a total of 1.07 million foreigners visited the country. Chinese travelers plunged 67 percent year-over-year to 227,811, according [...]