South Korea Adopts Tourist Goods Certification to Entice More Tourists from China

Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013

South-Korea-flagAn official at the Seoul Metropolitan Government said South Korea adopted a certification program of tourist goods to draw more travelers from China by scaling down rip-off sightseeing practices.

Some travel agencies in Seoul, the country’s capital, touted low prices of their sightseeing products as sales pitch, but they importuned the travelers for unwished shopping to pay off for losses from irrational pricing. The Seoul municipal government introduced the tourist product certification program in July to crack down on such unjust practices and make it easier for budding tourists to choose a rationally priced sightseeing package when travelling to Seoul.

According to data by the Korea Customs Service, Chinese travelers spent around 863.3 million US dollars at the country’s duty- free shops for the first seven months of this year. Chinese visitors became the No. 1 consumer in the local tourism market in terms of consumption at the country’s duty free shops.

For the first time that foreign visitors spent more at the duty- free shops than local residents. The figure beat 845.7 million dollars spent by South Koreans. 1.74 million Chinese visited South Korea in the first half, up 46 percent from the same period of last year. The reading beat Japanese tourists for the first time.

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