Korean tourism industry seeking ways to lessen impact from China’s suspension on tour package sales

줒국, 15일인 오늘부터 한국 관괒상품 판매 금지… 앞으로의 극복방안은? China’s ban on group tour packages to Korea came into force on Wednesday. Part of growing retaliation against Seoul’s defense upgrade deemed necessary against North Korean attack… which Beijing perceives as a security threat. Our Oh Jung-hee hit the streets of Myeong-dong to gauge the impact… and highlights what Korea can do to minimize the shock. About two weeks ago, the authorities in Beijing told Chinese travel agencies to stop selling all tour packages to Korea starting March 15th. Over the following week, Korea’s main gateway, Incheon International Airport, saw passenger numbers fall by 180-thousand. Visitor numbers at Korea’s royal palaces and shrines plunged to about 60-percent

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