Effects of North – South Korea Conflict on Tourism in Korea

Many top airlines have launched more flights to South Korea while some have just starting a new route. The country has been enjoying its Tourist boom to the full, and was expecting a further high number of arrivals, pre-North Korean attack on Yeongpyeong Island located west of the Korean Peninsula. However, tourists are concerned at large if it is safe to get flights to Seoul, South Korea anymore? Or has anything changed since the shelling of North Korea that left two dead earlier this week.

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Though it’s too early to predict an average tourist’s reaction to the incident but reports indicate no large effect on tourism so far. The International meeting industry at Korea MICE Expo 2010 this week, demonstrated confidence and strength, stating that North Korea’s attack is nothing more than attention seeking tactic. At this occasion Maureen O’Crowley, Senior Director MICE marketing Tours at Seoul Convention Bureau stated:

The violence of the attack and the unfortunate death of civilians were seen here as a surprising move from the North Korean leadership. Unfortunately, skirmishes between the North and the South are nothing new and we have experienced many of them after the end of the Korean war. Any change in the leadership of North Korea, any big event organized in the south is generally accompanied by a reaction from Pyongyang; just to show to the South that they are here!

The South Korean government has been beefing up security, to guarantee maximum safety and peaceful environment for tourists.

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