The London Office of the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO), in conjunction with Incheon Airport, is hosting a special event to promote transit and stopover tours in Korea to the UK travel trade.
For those travelling from Europe, Incheon Airport is a gateway to many destinations in Asia and beyond, making Korea an ideal location for transit or an extended stopover. The airport consistently ranks first or second in international airport awards, and with the recent opening of a second terminal, its visitor facilities have improved even further.
At the event, representatives from Incheon will introduce the expansion of the airport’s vast facilities, including duty free shops, lounges, capsule hotels, showers, massages, and more. Entry procedures including customs inspection and terminal movement have also been simplified, making the process quicker and more convenient for passengers.
This improvement means that transit tours are possible even for visitors who only have a layover of a few hours. Incheon Airport has a variety of free tours on offer, with courses ranging from 2 hour visits to some of Incheon city’s most famous attractions to 5 hour shopping or cultural tours in Seoul. For passengers looking to enjoy more of Korea, there are also a variety of offers and programmes available for those wishing to stay up to 72 hours.
In 2016, 66,179 visitors used the free transit tour programme, up 80% since 2013. With the opening of Terminal 2 bringing more passengers to Korea, and an increased interest in the country as a result of the recent Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, interest in the transit tour programme is expected to continue to increase.
The event will be held on 22nd May at the Hyatt Regency London, and exhibitors at the pre-dinner workshop will include Korean Air, Asiana, Finnair, Hyatt Hotels, and Wyndham Hotels, plus Korean destination management companies HanaTour and Holiday Planners. There will also be a traditional Korean music performance and the chance to win prizes, and a special guest appearance by Lizzy Yarnold, the first athlete to defend an Olympic gold medal in skeleton and the first British athlete to defend a Winter Olympic title. Lizzy will be sharing her Pyeongchang Olympic experiences and her impressions of Korea.