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Foreign visitors to S. Korea slump 98 pct on-year in June: tally

All News 14:36 August 10, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- The number of foreigners who traveled to South Korea slumped 97.5 percent on-year in June, data showed Monday, highlighting the drastic impact the new coronavirus is having on the local tourism sector.

The number of foreigners who visited the country came in at 36,943 in June, compared with 1.48 million in the same month last year, according to the data by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO).

By country, the biggest number of tourists came from the United States with 9,717 visitors. This marked a 90.8 percent fall from the same period last year.

Chinese visitors totaled 5,051, down 98.9 percent on-year, followed by Filipino visitors at 2,981, also down 92.7 percent from the previous year.

Visitors coming from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand also dropped more than 99 percent from last year, according to the data.

The number of visitors in the first six months of the year, meanwhile, fell 74.7 percent on-year to 2.14 million.

"All routes connecting South Korea and China have been suspended, except for one route per carrier, and Japan's travel ban on South Korea continues to remain in place," the KTO explained.

In June, 48,338 Koreans traveled abroad, down 98.1 percent from the previous year.

The departure lounge at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, west of Seoul, appears relatively empty on Aug. 9, 2020, despite the summer holiday season. (Yonhap)

mlee@yna.co.kr
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