South Korea wants to attract more Chinese tourists via Macau

12 September 2007

Seoul, South Korea, 12 Sept – The South Korean Deputy Tourism Minister Lee Bo Kyoung, said that his government planned to increase cooperation with Macau to attract more Chinese tourists to South Korea.

The deputy minister also said that a working group would be sent to Macau to study the development of the gaming and conventions sector.

Lee Bo Kyoung was speaking at a meeting with the secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Special Administrative Region of Macau (SARM), Fernando Chui Sai On, who is visiting South Korea in order to promote his region in the country.

Macau has launched a tourist package for the South Korean market known as “Macau-Pearl River Delta and other Cities in the Interior of China.”

Chui Sai On said that there was a lot of potential for tourism cooperation between Macau and South Korea and that Macau’s tourism representatives in South Korea were working on attracting more South Korean tourists.

South Korea was the seventh biggest source of visitors to Macau in 2006.

In the first seven months of 2007, Macau received around 120,000 visitors from South Korea, a rise of 27 percent.

Macau and South Korea have direct air links via Air Macau and Viva Macau airlines.

The total number of visitors to Macau between January and July was 14.8 million, or a year on year rise of 21.5 percent.

In March of this year, the director of Macau Tourism services, Costa Antunes said that in 2007 the territory would receive between 24 and 25 million visitors.

In 2006 Macau received 21.98 million visitors after receiving 18.7 million in 2005. (macauhub)