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S Korea wants more Chinese tourists

(People's Daily)

17:13, November 10, 2011

Edited and translated by Li Zhenyu, People's Daily Online

Number of Chinese tourists to South Korea has been on continuous, rapid rise

The number of Chinese tourists to South Korea has been on the continuous, a rapid rise since the start of 2011.

Data from the Korean Tourism Organization shows that the number of Chinese tourists to South Korea reached 1.6 million in the first nine months, an increase of about 17 percent from a year earlier. The number of Chinese tourists to South Korea in the first three quarters of 2010 surged by 44 percent compared with the same period of the previous year.

In terms of age, the majority of Chinese tourists to South Korea are those in their 20s, which is related to the "Korean cultural wave," such as TV dramas. In terms of the sources, the number of tourists from large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai as well as those from China's eastern coastal cities has been on the continuous and stable rise, and the number of tourists from inland cities is also rising at a different pace.

The continuous increase in the number of Chinese tourists to South Korea has injected dynamics to the latter's economy. Chinese tourists spent 2.5 trillion won in South Korea in 2010, which not only brought South Korea direct economic benefits but also boosted its employment. Today, Chinese tourists can use UnionPay cards to buy goods at local large department stores and withdraw cash from ATM machines.

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