SEOUL, Apr. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of outbound South Korean women travelers outstripped men for the first time last year.
According to a report released by the Korea Association of Travel Agents, over 24.83 million South Korean women traveled abroad last year, excluding flight attendants who accounted for 6.3 percent.
In the meantime, the figure for South Korean men who travelled abroad accounted for 46.7 percent of all South Korean travelers in 2017.
More men traveled outside the country than women until 2016, when the two switched places for the first time.
When broken down by age, more women went traveling than men among those aged between 11 and 20, 21 and 30, 51 and 60 and 61 and 70, while men in their 30s and 40s outstripped their female counterparts.
The figures shed light on the fact that more male workers go abroad for business than women.
The age group with the biggest gender gap was those in their 20s, with 21 percent more women traveling than men.
Similarly, more women visited South Korea than men, particularly among visitors from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
“It seems more female travelers are visiting South Korea given the sentimental image of vacationing here,” a source close to the tourism industry said.
Hyunsu Yim (firstname.lastname@example.org)