Korea boasts a beautiful lanscape full of
majestic mountains, beautiful beaches and scenic lands, but heavy workloads and other
commitments keeps many of us here in the nation confined to our hometowns.
To encourage people to get out and explore all that Korea has to offer, the government
has designated a nationwide tourism week for the first time, and it’s right around the
corner. Shin Se-min has more.
In a bid to boost the local tourism industry, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
has designated the first eleven days of May as national travel and tourism week.
But they can’t do it alone. They’ll be relying on more than 244 local
governments and 11-hundred tourism-related businesses to help out, many of which will
be offering special discounts. They, along with other businesses, will be
laying out the red carpet for domestic travelers. A total of 140 local festivals and exhibitions
will be held over the 11-day period, while entry into national palaces, museums and other
sites will not only be free to the public; they’ll stay open for extended hours.
Agri-tourism programs and eco-tourism camps will also be held nationwide.
To help people get around, transportation services, including KORAIL, will be offering
discounted fares,… and plane and bus services will be extended.
The first tourism week system will take place twice a year,… once in May and in September.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.