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Chinese employees of Taiwan cosmetic firm to visit S. Korea

All Headlines 09:50 September 12, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- Employees of Kelti Group, a Taiwanese cosmetics distributor and personal health care provider, are set to visit South Korea this week on an incentive tour program, the state-run tourism organization said Monday.

About 6,400 employees of Kelti Group's Chinese branch will arrive in the southwestern port of Yeosu in two groups on Tuesday and Sunday aboard a 14,000-ton cruise ship as part of the group's incentive program, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) said.

Employees of a Chinese company enjoy a group dinner in Seoul on May 10, 2016. (Yonhap file photo)

Departing from Shanghai, the travelers will visit Yeosu, 455 kilometers south of Seoul, and then head to Japan's Fukuoka, during the six-day itinerary, the KTO said.

Yeosu city said it will host a welcoming event upon the arrival of the first group on Tuesday, which will visit an aquarium, an old palace, a traditional market and other tourist attractions in the coastal city.

"A total of 820 cruise ships will enter the local port this year, which is expected to bring over 1.5 million tourists to South Korea," said Park Irak, the KTO's marine tourism director. "We will step up efforts to attract more foreign cruise travelers."

A total of 1.18 million cruise travelers visited South Korea as of end-July, up 152 percent from a year ago and already surpassing 2015's 1.05 million, the KTO said.

ejkim@yna.co.kr
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