SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Tourists from China spent an average of US$3,007 in South Korea last year, a survey showed Tuesday, with duty-free shops and cosmetics stores as the most popular shopping locations here.
The average on-location spending by Chinese tourists during their visits to South Korea, excluding tour group fees and costs of transportation to and from the country, was the fourth-largest following the United States, Europe and Australia, according to the 2017 Outbound Chinese Tourism and Consumption Trends report.
South Korea was the fifth most visited destination outside the Chinese mainland for Chinese tourists, following Hong Kong, Japan, Macao and Thailand, it said.
The report was conducted online by Nielsen on 2,009 respondents in December last year and was commissioned by the Chinese mobile payment service Alipay. According to the survey, 65 percent of the respondents said they used mobile payment services abroad.
Alipay, widely used in China as an alternative to paper money and credit cards, began service in South Korea in 2015.