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Foreign tourist arrivals in Seoul to reach record-high 14 million this year

Foreign tourist arrivals in Seoul to reach record-high 14 million this year

The number of foreign tourists visiting Seoul is expected to reach an all-time high over 14 million this year, the city’s mayor said Tuesday. Mayor Park Won-soon made the forecast during a session of the Seoul Metropolitan Council. “Seoul now ranks seventh worldwide in terms of foreign tourist arrivals. The number reached 13.6 million in […]

Wellness tourism offers holistic getaway from city life

Wellness tourism offers holistic getaway from city life

For those who are under heavy stress from bustling city life and demanding work responsibilities, getting away from it all may be the best remedy for the body and soul, although it could be a tall order for many urban dwellers given costs and lack of time. Chung So-hyun, a banker in Seoul, is among […]

More than 1 mln S. Korean tourists visit Vietnam in Q1

More than 1 mln S. Korean tourists visit Vietnam in Q1

The number of South Korean tourists to Vietnam soared more than 24 percent in the first half of this year to exceed the 1 million mark, industry data showed Thursday. A total of 1.11 million South Koreans made trips to the Southeast Asian country in the January-March period, up 24.4 percent from a year earlier, […]

Moon calls for efforts to attract foreign tourists amid chronic deficit

Moon calls for efforts to attract foreign tourists amid chronic deficit

President Moon Jae-in called for efforts to attract more foreign tourists to his country Tuesday to help offset the country’s chronic deficit in tourism. In a special meeting held in Songdo near Incheon International Airport, the president stressed a need to develop new appealing reasons for tourists to visit the country, such as a tour […]

China ushers in a new era of mass tourism

China ushers in a new era of mass tourism

Last year, Chinese made more than 5.5 billion domestic trips, with an average of four trips per person, which suggests that China has entered the era of mass tourism, said the country’s minister of tourism and culture Luo Shugang. Luo made the remarks during a passage interview on the sidelines of the second session of […]

Shanxi villagers turn to acting as a path out of poverty

Shanxi villagers turn to acting as a path out of poverty

After a quick lunch, Li Tieling, 69, rushes to a location to take part in the filming of a war-themed TV drama in his village of Beishanyun, Yushe county, North China’s Shanxi Province. At the entrance of this traditional and ancient village, uniformed figures in army caps hold a heated discussion with the director about […]

Tourism in Xinjiang booms thanks to social stability

Tourism in Xinjiang booms thanks to social stability

Social stability in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has brought a tourism boom to the region in the winter, previously considered the low season, and governments at all levels in the region are ramping up efforts to develop the travel industry.   The tourism market in Xinjiang skyrocketed in 2018, with the number of […]

Ban on tourist in core zone of Mt. Qomolangma an effective measure to protect ecology: environmental authority

Ban on tourist in core zone of Mt. Qomolangma an effective measure to protect ecology: environmental authority

The recent ban on tourists entering the core zone of Mt.Qomolangma National Nature Reserve is an effective measure to protect the ecology of the world’s highest mountain, as tourism is expanding fast there, said Liu Youbin, spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Feb. 28. The ban has been a hot issue recently. […]

N. Korea, Russia sign MOU on tourism cooperation

N. Korea, Russia sign MOU on tourism cooperation

North Korea and Russia have signed an agreement to cooperate in the tourism industry, the North’s official news agency said Wednesday. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed in Moscow on Friday, according to the Korean Central News Agency. The report did not elaborate on the details of the agreement.   Following the breakdown of […]

Philippines full of attractions for Koreans

Philippines full of attractions for Koreans

As Southeast Asian countries are currently emerging as the darlings for Koreans’ vacation destinations, they are keen on promoting their sightseeing spots. However, Maria Apo, director of the Philippine Department of Tourism-Korea, stresses that her country is ahead of its neighbors thanks to a number of specialties appealing to Korean travelers. “Our first main advantage is […]

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