South Korea’s largest $24 million cruise terminal opens in Incheon

 Tuesday, April 30, 2019 


The largest cruise terminal in South Korea opened Friday in Songdo, an international business district within Incheon, western part of Seoul. This new cruise terminal will help the business and leisure tourists to travel to other destinations in South Korea.



Since 2013, the Incheon Port Authority had spent 28 billion won ($24 million) to build the two-story terminal with 7,364 square meters of floor space.



Nam Bong-hyun, head of the port authority, said Friday during an opening ceremony said that with the opening of the cruise terminal, many cruise will come and dock, increasing the number of international tourists. The port of Incheon has taken a leap forward as a cruise tourism base in Northeast Asia and as a gateway to marine transportation.



On the same day the Costa Serena cruise ship, which can hold 2,800 passengers and 1,100 crew members, left the port for the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka on a six-day voyage that will end in Busan. There are six organisations signed an agreement to cooperate on the promotion of cruise tourism: the Incheon Port Authority, the local governments of Incheon city and Yeonsu district, the Korea Tourism Organization, the Incheon Tourism Organization and Lotte Tour Development.



This new terminal in Incheon is the largest cruise terminal in the nation, with the next-largest found in Busan, Seogwipo, Jeju and Sokcho. It is also the first terminal of its kind near the capital.




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