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Japanese fans top Winter Olympics visitors at PyeongChang 2018

Date : 25 Apr 2018

Seoul, Korea, April 25, 2018: Shopping was the most preferred activity by foreigners who visited South Korea during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February, apart from watching the Games, a government survey showed on Wednesday, reports Yonhap News.

According to the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games International Visitors Survey, 58.3 percent of visitors who were in the country for the Olympics said their favourite activity was shopping, followed by gourmet tours (49.2 percent) and taking in the natural sights (29.3 percent).

The survey, which allowed multiple answers, was jointly conducted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organisation based on face-to-face interviews with 1,999 visitors in addition to an exit poll of 8,840 foreigners at international airports in Incheon and Gimpo.

Those who came to watch the Winter Olympics spent US$2,027 per person on average, higher than the $1,498 spent by those who visited Korea with no relation to the Olympics, the survey showed. Some 280,000 inbound travellers in February, or 27.1 percent of the total, are estimated to be those who came for the Games, according to the latest poll.

Japanese nationals were the largest in number in terms of visitors who came to watch the Games, accounting for 38.7 percent of the total, followed by those from the United States and Canada with a combined 22.9 percent and Chinese with 13.7 percent. Europeans and Russians followed with 10.6 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively.

Over half of all respondents said it was their first visit to South Korea, with 96.1 percent of visitors who came to watch the Olympics saying they were either very satisfied or satisfied with their trip, according to the poll.

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