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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 [...]

Gov’t to Focus on Individuals, Non-Chinese to Fend off THAAD Fallout

Gov’t to Focus on Individuals, Non-Chinese to Fend off THAAD Fallout

SEOUL, Apr. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The government unveiled a string of measures Wednesday to help the ailing local tourism industry overcome the sharp decline in Chinese visitors in the face of a diplomatic standoff between South Korea and China over a U.S. anti-missile system. The local tourism industry is battered by Beijing’s apparent retaliation [...]

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 [...]

Facing ‘THAAD Row,’ S. Korean Cities Join Forces to Boost Tourism

Facing ‘THAAD Row,’ S. Korean Cities Join Forces to Boost Tourism

SEOUL, March 28 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul and its neighboring districts Incheon and Gyeonggi are teaming up in an all-out effort to attract foreign tourists from countries like Taiwan and India, as part of efforts to revive tourism amid the recent Chinese economic retaliation over South Korea’s deployment of a THAAD missile defense system. As the [...]

Government to Support Halal Restaurants, Attract More Muslim Tourists

Government to Support Halal Restaurants, Attract More Muslim Tourists

SEOUL, March 28 (Korea Bizwire) – Diversifying South Korea’s repertoire of visitors amid continued threats from China, the Korea Tourism Organization is planning to attract 1.2 million tourists from Muslim countries this year, up from what was roughly 980,000 in 2016.  Last year’s number was a 33-percent increase from 2015. Of the visitors, 740,000 were [...]

Experts Call for Overhaul on Tourism amid THAAD Row

Experts Call for Overhaul on Tourism amid THAAD Row

SEOUL, March 19 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s tourism needs to revamp itself to reduce its dependency on China and grow into an industry that creates more added value, experts said Sunday, amid rising tension with the neighboring country over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.  Local tourism is expected to suffer a major [...]

S. Korea Eyes Attracting Tourists from All Across Asia to Overcome THAAD Row

S. Korea Eyes Attracting Tourists from All Across Asia to Overcome THAAD Row

SEOUL, March 17 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea has stepped up efforts to overhaul its dependence on China for its tourism trade by shifting the focus to other Asian countries to cope with the fallouts triggered by the stationing of an advanced U.S. missile defense system here, sources said Friday.  The country’s tourism is bearing [...]