South Korea is holding a tourism fair in Beijing
to attract back Chinese tourists. According to the Korea Tourism Organization,…
over 70 tourism-related companies and institutions took part in the one-day expo in the Chinese
capital on Wednesday. More than 300 industry experts from the two
countries gathered at the event to discuss ways to improve ties, which deteriorated last
year after Beijing banned tourists in retaliation against Seoul’s deployment of THAAD, a U.S.
missile defense system. Chinese nationals accounted for almost half
of the 17-point-2-million foreigners who visited South Korea in 2016, but the number of Chinese
tourists fell by over 48-percent to just 4-million in 2017. While China has partially lifted the ban,…
restrictions on tours on cruise ships and chartered planes, as well as the online promotion
of tour programs, are still in place.