Foreign tourists to South Korea are big spenders

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Foreign tourists to South Korea spent an average of about 1,712.5 U.S. dollars when they visited the country last year.

The result was based on a survey of 12,900 foreign tourists aged above 15, who visited South Korea in 2015, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The 2015 figure was up 107 dollars from a year ago. The daily spending by tourists while they stayed here averaged about 388,000 won (328.1 U.S. dollars) last year, up from 315.8 dollars the previous year.

Myeong-dong special tourist zone in central Seoul was picked by 35.7 percent of respondents as the best tourist destination, followed by Dongdaemun Market in Seoul selected by 18.6 percent.

The results indicated that shopping was one of the main goals of touring South Korea amid growing popularity of the so-called”Korean Wave”that boosted preference for South Korea-made cosmetics and clothing worn by K-pop and K-drama stars.


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