Korea Tourism Organization London office will be exhibiting at the Cruise Show in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on 16-17 September to promote Korea and cruises to the region with Jetline Cruise, a cruise specialist agent in the UK.
Over 2,000,000 cruise passengers visited Korea last year and arrivals have been increasing by 80% year on year for the last 5 years. Korea has 12 cruise harbours with Busan, Jeju, Incheon, Sokcho and Yeosu the most popular amongst cruise lines.
Last March Queen May 2 docked at Incheon carrying 3,700 tourists. Queen Mary 2 at 148,000 gross tons left Southampton in England on 10th January for 119 days around Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia. In Korea the passengers visited sites in Incheon, Seoul and Gyeonggi.
The Government announced a new strategic vision to make Korea a major worldwide cruise hub and the Korea Tourism Organization is planning to promote this by attending cruise exhibitions, selling cruise tour products and through its VEA (Visit East Asia) activity in collaboration with Japan and China to jointly promote the region.
KTO believes The Birmingham Cruise Show will be a great opportunity not only to attract more tourists to Korea but also to introduce cruise products featuring Korea to visitors and seek various ways to develop current programmes with more tour operators in the UK.
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