The number of inbound
visitors to Korea: 6,155,000
(a 2.2% year-on-year
- In the first quarter of
the year, the number of Japanese visitors showed a drastic decrease under the impact of the
bitter political situation between the two countries, compared to early
2005, when the boom for the
Korean pop culture was prevalent among Asians. Thus, the overall number
of foreigner visitors to Korea decreased by 4.3%.
- In the second quarter of the year, the
number of Japanese visitors showed regained a double-digit growth. The number of Chinese
visitors, the second largest group, also showed a continued growth (7~8%). Overall, the
number of foreigner visitors increased by 8.2%.
- In the third quarter of the year, the
number of Japanese visitors showed a decreasing trend again due to unfavorable factors, such as
North Korea’s missile test, concentrated downpour, a terror accident in the U.K. and coup
d’etat in Thailand, showing an overall increase by
- In the fourth quarter, the number showed a
clear slowdown (to a 0.9% increase) due to the impact of North Korea’s missile test,
outbreak of avian flu, and the won’s appreciation.
- By region, those from Asian countries
posted a 2.6% increase (i.e. a 4.1% decrease in the case of Japanese and a 10.7% increase in
the case of non-Japanese Asians). Those from Americas, Europe and Oceania posted a 5.2%,
5,1% and 7.4% increase, respectively. The overall trend is a slowdown in the number of
those from nearby countries, such as Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
- By gender, the number male visitors showed
a 2.0% increase, compared to a 0.8% decrease in the case of their female counterparts.
By purpose of visit, about 70% of the visitors were for sightseeing, showing a 0.4% increase.
Those visiting for business showed a 14% increase.
number of outbound Korean travelers in 2006: 11,610,000
(a 15.2% year-on-year
- The number of outbound
Korean travelers showed a steady increase throughout the
year under the impact of the
won’s appreciation and the five-day work week
system. Especially, the monthly number came to more
than one million during the holiday season (i.e. July, August and
- The number showed the highest in the
third quarter of the year, while the highest year-on-year growth rate was recorded in the fourth
quarter (23.3%) due to the slowdown in the same period of the preceding year.