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Outbound Tourists Can Get Int’l Driver’s Licenses at Incheon Airport

Outbound Tourists Can Get Int’l Driver’s Licenses at Incheon Airport

SEOUL, Jul. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean outbound tourists are now able to obtain their international driver’s licenses at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, police said Monday. The National Police Agency opened an international driver’s license issuance desk at the departure gate of the airport’s First Terminal on the third floor on the [...]

Duty-Free Shops’ Commission to Travel Agencies Nearly Double in 2016

Duty-Free Shops’ Commission to Travel Agencies Nearly Double in 2016

SEJONG, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Commission fees given by duty-free shops to travel agencies increased sharply to reach nearly 1 trillion won (US$872.4 million) last year on heated competition to attract more foreign travelers, customs data showed Thursday.  Twenty-two local duty-free operators paid a combined 967.2 billion won to tourist agencies and guides in [...]

S. Korea to Crack Down on Substandard Tour Operators

S. Korea to Crack Down on Substandard Tour Operators

SEOUL, March 8 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will revoke the licenses of tour operators that lure Chinese travelers with cheap, low-quality package tours to address growing complaints about substandard programs, the tourism ministry said Tuesday. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism unveiled a series of measures to tighten regulations on tour agencies specialized in [...]

S. Korea to Offer Foreign Tourists On-Spot Tax Refund Benefits Starting in Jan.

S. Korea to Offer Foreign Tourists On-Spot Tax Refund Benefits Starting in Jan.

SEJONG, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will offer on-spot tax refunds to foreign tourists who buy products at local duty-free shops starting Jan. 1, the government said Sunday. The Finance Ministry said it is moving to revise existing exemption guidelines governing foreign tourists so they need not pay value-added and excise taxes when they shop in the country. Under the proposed changes, an item costing less than 200,000 won (US$173) [...]

Rising Outbound Travelers Buttress Tour Agencies’ Earnings

Rising Outbound Travelers Buttress Tour Agencies’ Earnings

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) - South Korea’s tour agents are forecast to post better earnings this year as a sharp rise in outbound travelers offset a fall in the number of foreign visitors in the wake of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in the country, according to market watchers Friday. The MERS outbreak [...]

Police Crack Down Hard on Taxies Ripping Off Tourists

Police Crack Down Hard on Taxies Ripping Off Tourists

SEOUL, Sept. 24 (Korea Bizwire) -Taxies and call-vans that rip off foreign tourists or issue fake receipts are increasingly being caught. After police cracked down on the illegal acts of taxies and call-vans, 139 cases were reported and 19 drivers were arrested and face criminal charges. The others will face administrative penalties from local governments. [...]