JEJU, March 31 (Korea Bizwire) — A growing number of seniors over 60, city dwellers and high income earners prefer a monthlong stay on Jeju Island, according to recent data.
The Jeju Tourism Organization estimated that as many as 9.3 million people visited the island during the period from August 2021 to July 2022, based on data from Statistics Korea and SK Telecom Co.
Of the total, 94 percent were short-term visitors who stayed on the island for seven days or less.
The share of those who stayed for one month (28 to 31 days) stood at 0.4 percent, while 1 percent of long-term visitors stayed for 32 to 180 days.
Among those who spent a month on Jeju, those in their 20s and 30s accounted for 39 percent of the total, followed by those in their 40s and 50s at 32.7 percent and those older than 60 years at 28.3 percent.
However, those aged 60 and above showed a preference for a monthlong stay on Jeju, with 28.3 percent of them electing to stay for one month, surpassing the proportion of those opting for a brief stay, which stood at 16 percent.
Among those who stayed for a month, visitors from metropolitan areas accounted for the largest share at 61.1 percent, which was higher than their share of 55.1 percent among short-term visitors.
In light of income levels, the share of those with an annual income of less than 30 million won (US$23,130) were most likely to fall in the category of those who stayed for one month at 42.3 percent.
However, higher income earners showed stronger preference towards staying for one month than short term visits.
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