South Korea to join cruise association to draw tourists from Southeast Asia

Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017

cruise linesThe government of South Korea has declared on Tuesday that it is ready to join hands with a cruise association this week with an aim to draw more tourists from the countries of Southeast Asia.


The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that it is on its way to sign an agreement to join the Asia Cruise Cooperation (ACC) at Busan Port International Passenger Terminal in Busan that is the second largest city of Busan.


It said that this move might help in luring more Southeast Asian travellers to this part of the world whose numbers have already been increasing steadily.


The ACC had been established in the year 2014 to promote ports of call and also to develop fresh pathways to boost the niche of cruise tourism in Southeast Asia.


South Korea has been making attempts to diversify inbound tourists after Chinese travellers who used to comprise the lion’s share of cruise travellers here.


But they have ceased to come here following a diplomatic row between Seoul and Beijing over a U.S. anti-missile system. The government of Beijing has banned its tourism agencies from selling package tours to South Korea since mid-March to retaliate over Seoul’s decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.


As per the ministry the number of international tourists arriving on cruise vessels had reached 1.95 million last year.


This tourism had an economic impact of more than US$4.43 billion and triggered the creation of 20,000 jobs in the nation.


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