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Cruise passengers from Taiwan to visit S. Korea in H1

All News 11:00 January 02, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- About 4,000 travelers from Taiwan will visit the southwestern port city of Yeosu aboard a cruise ship in the first half of this year to tour major sightseeing locations, the South Korean government said Tuesday.

The 5,000-ton SuperStar Aquarius will sail from Taiwan's Keelung to arrive at Yeosu, located 455 kilometers south of Seoul, in April and June, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said.

The six-day tour package organized by Star Cruises, a Hong Kong-based travel agency, includes a stop in Japan's Nagasaki on the way back to Taiwan.

The passengers and crews will visit major tourism attractions like the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea world fair site and travel to Suncheon, a nearby city that held an international bay garden expo in 2013, as well as other noteworthy historical landmarks, the ministry said.

The South Korean government has been promoting cruise tours in China and Southeast Asian nations to boost the local tourism sector.

In March, some 3,500 travelers from Taiwan are scheduled to visit the southeastern port city of Busan aboard cruise ships.

ejkim@yna.co.kr
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