Published on : Friday, October 12, 2018
The Jeju Tourism Organization aims to increase Indian tourist numbers to the island (which is part of South Korea) from the current 2400 visitors to 10,000.
At a recent road show in Mumbai, Park Hong Bai, President, Jeju Tourism Organization said, “In 2017 we saw around 2400 tourist arrivals from India. India is one of the 174 countries that do not need a visa to visit Jeju. So that makes it very attractive and we are hoping to increase that number to at least 10,000 with support from the travel trade and media. Jeju is a volcanic island and we offer lots of nature, heritage, UNESCO World Heritage Sites which is sure to attract Indians. Indians can also combine Jeju with their visits to Hong Kong or China. We have good connectivity from Hong Kong, China, Kuala Lumpur, Japan and even Bangkok.”
Regarding the MICE traffic from India into Jeju, he said, “Presently, MICE groups from India are almost nil. But we have excellent MICE infrastructure and we are ranked 17th in the world as a MICE destination. So we hope to attract this segment from India.”
The island is planning to tap general tourists at the onset and then explore other segments like wedding, MICE, etc. Jeju Tourism is holding talks with film production houses and planning FAM trips to Jeju for film industry representatives. This year, Jeju Tourism Organization, along with Korea Tourism Organization New Delhi Office and their partners in India, invited Indian celebrities and winners of Miss India to Jeju to promote their island to younger consumers in India. The island has six Indian restaurants offering both vegetarian and non vegetarian food.
Jeju is the biggest island of Republic of Korea, and is located at the southern most part of the peninsula. The island has distinct four seasons, and is one of the most visited tourism destination in north-east Asia.