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Gangneung Sees Surge in Foreign Tourists, Reflecting South Korea’s Growing Appeal

Gangneung Sees Surge in Foreign Tourists, Reflecting South Korea’s Growing Appeal

GANGNEUNG, Jul. 23 (Korea Bizwire) –  The coastal city of Gangneung, located in South Korea’s Gangwon Province, has experienced a significant increase in foreign individual tourists, according to recent data. A joint initiative by the Gangwon Provincial Government and the city of Gangneung, which offers a specialized taxi service for foreign tourists, reported a 144% year-on-year [...]

Summer Travel Slump Surprises South Korean Tourism Industry

Summer Travel Slump Surprises South Korean Tourism Industry

SEOUL, Jul. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – As the peak summer travel season approaches, South Korea’s tourism industry finds itself facing an unexpected challenge: a sharp decline in bookings that has left travel agencies and airlines scrambling to fill seats. “I’m being called into the CEO’s office every day because peak season reservations aren’t coming in,” confided [...]

K-Beauty Experiences Surge Among Foreign Tourists in South Korea

K-Beauty Experiences Surge Among Foreign Tourists in South Korea

SEOUL, Jul. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – As South Korea’s tourism industry rebounds, a new trend is emerging: foreign visitors are increasingly seeking out K-beauty experiences, from hair salons to personal color analysis sessions.  An American tourist who wished to remain anonymous recently visited a renowned hair salon in Seoul’s trendy Hongdae district. “They perfectly executed the [...]

Beyond Plastic Surgery, Foreign Medical Tourists in Korea Seek Dental, Ophthalmology Services

Beyond Plastic Surgery, Foreign Medical Tourists in Korea Seek Dental, Ophthalmology Services

SEOUL, Mar. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent analysis by the inbound tourism platform Creatrip has revealed that in addition to the popular plastic surgery and dermatology procedures, foreign medical tourists visiting South Korea are increasingly seeking dental and ophthalmology services.  Based on data from the company’s medical tourism booking service for the first two months [...]

Busan Sees Surge in International Visitors as Tourism Rebounds

Busan Sees Surge in International Visitors as Tourism Rebounds

BUSAN, Mar. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean port city of Busan experienced a sharp rise in international tourist arrivals last year as the country’s travel industry continued its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to government data released on Friday.  The number of foreign visitors to Busan in 2023 soared to more than 1.8 [...]

Jeju Island Tourism Industry Embraces Pet-Friendly Trends

Jeju Island Tourism Industry Embraces Pet-Friendly Trends

JEJU, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – With the number of South Korean pet owners rapidly approaching the 15 million milestone, Jeju Island’s tourism industry is strategically positioning itself to cater to the needs of this burgeoning population.  Jeju Shinhwa World recently formalized an alliance with BellaBell Farm, a local pet healthcare company, through a Memorandum of [...]

Jeju Island Faces Tourism Crisis: High Costs and Dissatisfaction Lead to a Shift in Traveler Preferences

Jeju Island Faces Tourism Crisis: High Costs and Dissatisfaction Lead to a Shift in Traveler Preferences

JEJU, Nov. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Jeju Island, a major tourist attraction in South Korea, is also known as “3 Dado” (meaning “the island with three things”) – “stone,” “wind,” and “woman”.  But now, Jeju Island is being maligned as a tourist destination that stands out for three unpleasant things: rip-offs, unfriendliness, and high fees.  In [...]

For the Third Consecutive Month in September, South Korea Welcomes Over 1 Million Foreign Visitors

For the Third Consecutive Month in September, South Korea Welcomes Over 1 Million Foreign Visitors

SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of foreign visitors to South Korea stayed above 1 million for the third consecutive month in September, data showed Monday. Last month, around 1.1 million foreign nationals came to Korea, up 225.2 percent from a year ago, according to the data by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO). [...]

Jeju Island’s Tourism Ranking Drops as Busan Tops Summer Vacation Satisfaction

Jeju Island’s Tourism Ranking Drops as Busan Tops Summer Vacation Satisfaction

JEJU, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – Jeju Island’s position as South Korea’s favorite tourist spot is slipping. Travel research company Consumer Insight recently revealed that in its summer vacation satisfaction survey, Jeju Island ranked fourth with a score of 723 out of 1000. This marks the first time Jeju has missed the top spot since the survey [...]

Foreign Travelers Return to Jeju Island Following Pandemic

Foreign Travelers Return to Jeju Island Following Pandemic

JEJU, July 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign travelers are returning to the southern resort island of Jeju as the pandemic fades away. According to the Jeju Tourism Association, 149,908 foreign travelers visited Jeju as of May this year, which is eight times more than last year. The travelers, sorted by nationality, included 43,502 Chinese, 22,522 [...]