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Famous Tourist Attractions and Small Cities Face Mixed Fortunes in COVID-19 Era

Famous Tourist Attractions and Small Cities Face Mixed Fortunes in COVID-19 Era

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Small cities in relatively quiet provinces gained higher attention from local tourists compared to famous tourist attractions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Korea Tourism Organization released a report on Thursday that analyzed last year’s trends based on data from BC Card Co., a credit card processing firm. The [...]

Tourists to S. Korea Forecast to Drop to 32-year Low This Year

Tourists to S. Korea Forecast to Drop to 32-year Low This Year

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of overseas tourists visiting South Korea is expected to slump to the lowest level in 32 years amid the new coronavirus pandemic that has practically paralyzed the global tourism sector, data showed Tuesday. The number of foreigners who visited the country in the January-October period reached 2.39 [...]

Gov’t to Ban Tourist Buses from Fall Foliage Hot Spots to Stem COVID-19

Gov’t to Ban Tourist Buses from Fall Foliage Hot Spots to Stem COVID-19

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will restrain group visits to autumn foliage hot spots nationwide by temporarily banning large buses from national parks during the upcoming peak foliage season, its coronavirus task force said Monday, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures [...]

S. Korea’s Tourism Income Hits 17-year Low in Q2 Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

S. Korea’s Tourism Income Hits 17-year Low in Q2 Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s tourism income hit a 17-year low in the second quarter of this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Monday. For the April-June period, the country posted US$1.19 billion in tourism income, down 78.6 percent from $5.57 billion over the same period last year, [...]

Seoul City Publishes Safety Guide for Tourists

Seoul City Publishes Safety Guide for Tourists

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul Metropolitan Government published on Sunday a “Guide for Safe Travel in Seoul” with important safety tips for tourists. The book, available in four languages (Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese), includes practical instructions to address various situations that change with the seasons and the surrounding environment of the city. [...]

Japanese Travelers to S. Korea Still Outpacing Korean Visitors to Japan amid Trade Row

Japanese Travelers to S. Korea Still Outpacing Korean Visitors to Japan amid Trade Row

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — More Japanese tourists have visited South Korea than South Koreans have visited the Asian neighbor since August, data showed Sunday, after their countries have been engaged in an unprecedented trade row, sparking a boycott of Japanese goods and services here. The number of Japanese visiting South Korea reached 329,652 [...]

Tourists from Well-off Regions in China Returning to S. Korea

Tourists from Well-off Regions in China Returning to S. Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Chinese visitors from Shanghai, Guangdong Province, and economically advanced areas in China coming to South Korea have surged in number. Diplomatic sources argue that travel exchanges between China and South Korea are on the verge of recovery as China is gradually lifting its travel restrictions to South Korea originally [...]