Published on : Monday, July 24, 2017
The Jeju Island Tourism Organization, South Korea has said that there is a 20 per cent increase in the number of UAE tourists that have visited South Korea’s Jeju Island during the first half of 2017.
Jeju, which is the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, has long been South Korea’s highly preferred holiday destination. It is popular for its beautiful beaches and posh countryside and seaside hotel and resorts.
A recent report from the Korea Tourism Organization shows that more than 10, 277 tourists from the Middle East region visited Korea during H1 2017. It is a 7.4 per cent increase in the number of Middle East tourists that visited Korea during the same period in 2016. Jeju Island has become a top destination for tourists, which has become famous for its natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. Other top attractions in the island include Mount Halla, the Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, Hallim Park, Yakcheonsa Temple, Manjanggul and the Jeju Stone Statue Park.
Jeju has acquired UNESCO World Heritage Site distinction, and has also been awarded by UNESCO with the 2012 Biosphere Reserve Award and the 2010 Global Geoparks Award.
The island has four seasons and has the smallest annual range of temperature, where the annual average temperature is about 16 degrees Celsius. The island has also become a prime destination for medical tourism. Jeju is home to four general hospitals and 800 clinics. To date, there are also 30 hospitals spread across the island that offers specialized medical treatments including cosmetic surgery, skin care and allergy treatment, to name a few.
The Island is also looking towards becoming Muslim-friendly destination-offering Muslim visitors with prayer room facilities and has also started to work closely with the island’s F & B businesses to ensure that food being served is Halal certified and approved. The Jeju Island offers a ‘visa-upon-arrival’ privilege to 180 nationalities, including the UAE.