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Jeju Eyes More Local Tourists amid Decrease in Chinese Visitors

Jeju Eyes More Local Tourists amid Decrease in Chinese Visitors

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea, April 23 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s southern resort island of Jeju is seeking to attract more domestic tourists to offset a sharp decrease in Chinese visitors amid political tensions over the deployment of a U.S. missile shield, industry data showed Sunday.  The scenic island had been popular among Chinese tourists [...]

S. Korea Rolls out Unique Tour Programs to Lure Japanese, Southeast Asians

S. Korea Rolls out Unique Tour Programs to Lure Japanese, Southeast Asians

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Struggling to cope with a sharp drop in Chinese visitors, local tourism organizations have stepped up efforts to release novel tour programs to woo Japanese and Southeast Asian visitors, government and industry sources said Friday.  The South Korea tourism and hospitality sectors have been hit by the dearth in [...]

Jeju Tourism Remains Strong despite THAAD Woes

Jeju Tourism Remains Strong despite THAAD Woes

SEOUL, April 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The tourism industry on South Korea’s resort island of Jeju remained relatively sound in March, despite worries about a serious economic setback from China’s travel package ban to its neighbor amid a diplomatic standoff, industry sources said Wednesday.  The number of tourists who came to Jeju Island was 1.25 [...]

South Korea Plummets in Preference by Chinese Travelers

South Korea Plummets in Preference by Chinese Travelers

SEOUL, April 4 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese travelers’ preference for South Korea plunged over the past year, a survey showed Tuesday, apparently from the tension between the two countries over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system.  A poll by Ctrip, a leading online travel services agency in China, ranked South Korea 16th in [...]

S. Korea Vigilant as China’s Travel Ban Takes Effect

S. Korea Vigilant as China’s Travel Ban Takes Effect

SEOUL, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea is keeping a close watch on China’s next moves that may work to further hurt its industries, as Beijing’s travel ban to its neighboring country came into effect Wednesday, the latest hostile measure taken in protest of Seoul’s stationing of a U.S. anti-missile system.  China-based travel agencies, [...]

Chinese Visitors Calling off Hotel Bookings amid THAAD Row

Chinese Visitors Calling off Hotel Bookings amid THAAD Row

SEOUL, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese tourists are canceling hotel reservations following Beijing’s decision to ban sales of tour packages in retaliation for South Korea’s deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system on its soil, industry sources said Thursday.  Ibis Budget Ambassador, located in a busy shopping district of Dongdaemun in Seoul, said [...]

China Bans Trip Sales to S. Korea

China Bans Trip Sales to S. Korea

SHANGHAI/SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) – China has instructed travel agencies in the country to stop selling trips to South Korea, sources said Thursday, in what is seen as another retaliatory move against Seoul’s decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defense system.  According to industry sources in China, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) [...]