SOUTH KOREA. Chinese visitor arrivals rose +45.9% year-on-year in July to 410,337, maintaining the sharp recovery from the 2017 THAAD crisis, according to new Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) figures.
While still far off the pre-THAAD July 2016 record of 917,519, the results continue the positive pattern seen in a +60.9% increase in April, a +46.1% rise in May and +49.0% rise in June. Chinese tourism slumped after the 17 March, 2017 crackdown on group tours to South Korea.
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For the first seven months of the year Chinese arrivals edged ahead by +1.8% to 2,580,935. Underlining the extent of last year’s crisis, that number is still some -45% behind the 4,734,275 recorded in the normalised comparison year of 2016, short of 2015’s 3,256,682 and even 2014’s 3,361,654
Japanese arrivals rose +35.1% in July to 230,512 and +20.2% in the first seven months to 1,536,688.
Outbound Korean departures rose just +4.4% in July to 2,495,297, the slowest monthly growth since February’s +3.6%. For the first seven months Korean departures increased by +12% to 16,811,402.