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Major Hotels Record More Reservations for Chuseok Holiday

Major Hotels Record More Reservations for Chuseok Holiday

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Major hotels in Seoul have seen their reservation rates rise for the upcoming Chuseok holiday thanks to a new trend of spending the autumn harvest celebration in the nation’s capital, industry sources said Wednesday. Chuseok is the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving Day and is one of the country’s biggest [...]

Hotels Gain Business as Vacationers Seek Nearby Refuge from Summer Heat

Hotels Gain Business as Vacationers Seek Nearby Refuge from Summer Heat

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Hotels in Seoul and its vicinity are showing higher occupancy this summer as vacationers take refuge from record heat at accommodations not too far from home, their business data indicated Wednesday. Resort-style hotel Banyan Tree Club and Spa Seoul said its package sales rose 3 to 5 percent this [...]

Undercover Hotel Checks to Ensure Safety and Hygienic Practices

Undercover Hotel Checks to Ensure Safety and Hygienic Practices

SEOUL, Jul. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — The government announced today that it would be implementing a system that would see government regulators checking into hotels unannounced to ensure hotel rooms and food service offered by hotels are maintained in a safe and hygienic manner. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) said it would [...]

Luxury Hotels in Seoul Welcome Pets in Style

Luxury Hotels in Seoul Welcome Pets in Style

SEOUL, Jun. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — With pet ownership increasingly popular among South Koreans, a growing number of individuals are planning to go away on summer holidays with their animal companions this year. Many first-class hotels, formerly reluctant to receive pets as guests, have started to cater to such demand by providing accommodation for pets [...]

Luxury ‘Strawberry Buffets’: Latest Fad Among Trendy South Korean Consumers

Luxury ‘Strawberry Buffets’: Latest Fad Among Trendy South Korean Consumers

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – With a new consumer tendency that prioritizes satisfaction over cost-effectiveness sweeping across South Korea, an increasing number of luxury hotels are introducing strawberry buffets to target trendy consumers. ‘Strawberry desert buffets’ are almost becoming an annual event at luxury hotels in South Korea, as a growing number of consumers now [...]

In Tough Economic Times, Consumers Turn to Semi-Luxury Goods to Buy Happiness

In Tough Economic Times, Consumers Turn to Semi-Luxury Goods to Buy Happiness

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – A growing trend among South Korean consumers of buying semi-luxury goods is sweeping the consumer market amid the country’s prolonged economic downturn. Despite the sluggish economy, Koreans – especially those in their 20s and 30s – are willing to spend 50,000 won ($45) for an afternoon tea at a five-star [...]

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 [...]

Luxury Hotels See Rise in Female Guests in 20s, 30s

Luxury Hotels See Rise in Female Guests in 20s, 30s

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – A growing number of younger women are booking hotels for entertainment purposes, prompting luxury hotels to release packages targeted for the emerging customers, a Seoul-based online booking site said Monday.  Hotel Time Commerce said women in their 30s accounted for 23.8 percent of reservations for luxury hotels via its [...]