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COVID-19 Prompts Changes to Lodging Preferences


SUWON, May 29 (Korea Bizwire)According to a recent survey, the most popular accommodation type for domestic travel has changed from pensions to hotels since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The survey of 1,000 people conducted by the Gyeonggi Research Institute indicated that hotels were preferred by 35.7 percent of the respondents, resort pensions by 16.5 percent, condominiums and resorts by 13.8 percent, and natural recreational forest facilities by 11.6 percent.

Meanwhile, a previous survey conducted by the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute (KCIT) in 2018 showed that resort pensions were more visited than hotels, accounting for 33.7 percent and 10.7 percent of the total, respectively.

As a condition for choosing accommodations, 42.9 percent of the respondents noted the importance of “strict hygiene management,” which emerged as the dominant factor.


Some 39.4 percent of the respondents said they had travelled in South Korea since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Compared to the average monthly travel experience rate of 53.6 percent in the first half of the year, which was confirmed in a survey conducted by the KCIT in 2019, the reduction in travel clearly reflects the effects of the outbreak of COVID-19.

The majority of tourism activities were nature and scenery appreciation, accounting for 70.1 percent, and relaxation, accounting for 64.7 percent.

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