South Korea struggling without Japanese tourists

first_imgRecent economic and diplomatic issues within South Korea has resulted in a significant drop in tourist arrivals from Japan, according to new research data.Approximately 689,000 Japanese travellers visited South Korea during the first three months of 2013, a 22 percent decline in visitors compared with the same period last year, Channel News Asia reported.These figures stem from data collected by The Korea Culture and Tourism Institute and while research revealed South Korea is welcoming more tourists from countries like China, the drop-off in tourists from Japan has raised concerns for the nation’s tourism industry.“Many travel agencies that cater to Japanese tourists are making their employees take unpaid leave, and many guides are moving elsewhere,” Korea Association of Travel Agents official Seo Dae Hoon said.“There are even one or two travel agencies that have gone bankrupt.”More than half a million Chinese tourists visited South Korea in the first quarter of 2013, up 71 percent from the same period last year.Tour guides that originally catered specifically for Japanese visitors are now learning Chinese in order to become guides for this new wave of visitors.However, the recent influx of Chinese hasn’t been enough to drastically improve South Korea’s struggling tourism industry.Travel agencies in South Korea fear that if this trend continues, it will be difficult for the government to reach its target of attracting 16 million foreign tourists in 2013.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Rise in Chinese visitors not enoughto stabilise tourism industry.last_img

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