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South Korea reopens travel for Indian tourists

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) India, the tourism arm of the Republic of Korea under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, has announced the reopening of South Korea to Indian travellers. A host of important initiatives recently announced by KTO India will allow more Indian tourists to access South Korea’s luxury market, business leisure activities and learning experiences.

(Left to right) Mr. Young-Geul Choi, Director of Korea Tourism Organization (KTO);  Ms. Elizabeth Samuel, Deputy Regional Director - <a class=Bangladesh, Bhutan, India (North and East), Israel, Nepal and Palestine, VFS Global; Mr. Tejpreet Singh, Director of Sales and Marketing, Korean Air; Mr. Niketan Sharma, Sales Manager, Asiana Airlines” src=”https://prod-c2i.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/165961380562ebb26d3452b.jpg”/>

(Left to right) Mr. Young-Geul Choi, Director of Korea Tourism Organization (KTO); Ms. Elizabeth Samuel, Deputy Regional Director – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India (North and East), Israel, Nepal and Palestine, VFS Global; Mr. Tejpreet Singh, Director of Sales and Marketing, Korean Air; Mr. Niketan Sharma, Sales Manager, Asiana Airlines. Photo courtesy: KTO

With over 130 unique activities and experiences, the country offers something for everyone. While Jeju Island and Gyeongju are favorite destinations for tourists for their scenic beauty and traditional charms, metropolitan cities such as Seoul, Busan, and Incheon are ideal for business and leisure travel. For luxury travelers, the organization is planning roadshows in the twin cities in August with the participation of DMC from Korea. The roadshows will offer insight into the country’s rich culture, unique locations and culinary offerings.

Considering the growing popularity of Hallyu or Korean Wave in India, Hallyu themed filming locations and experience centers are also being developed. One such center is the HiKR Ground extended reality (XR) playground in Seoul, South Korea, which was recently opened in July 2022. The reopening of borders will give K-Pop and K-pop fans -Drama the opportunity to explore the culture of the country. they have learned to love.

Mr. Young-Geul Choi, Director of Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) India. Photo: Connected to India

Speaking at a press briefing, Young-Geul Choi, Director of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) in India, said, “We are delighted to welcome Indian travelers back to South Korea. Over the past two years, we have taken a phased approach towards reopening tourism. We have further enhanced the traveler experience with immersive experience centers, reimagined tourism offerings and look forward to welcoming our Indian visitors.

To make travel more accessible, KTO launched the Let’s Go Korea savings plan in association with Shinhan Bank in India. This is a recurring deposit system to help potential travelers to South Korea save for their trip, with special interest rates and additional benefits. With a minimum deposit of INR 2,000 per month for one year, members can avail the benefits of Utazzo Travel to book their trip to Korea. The investment will act as a regular recurring deposit in case a member is unable to travel to Korea after one year.

Since 2021, KTO has also been working with school principals across India through virtual sessions to provide students with learning opportunities. With travel reopening, he plans to hold a physical event in Mumbai later this year to discuss experiential and learning experiences for students in South Korea.

Major airlines have plans in place to welcome tourists to South Korea with greater connectivity and capacity. Choi told Connected to India that they look forward to the increase in Indian visitors to South Korea after the rise in popularity of K-Pop and K-dramas in the subcontinent in recent years.

“Our main influx of K-Pop and K-drama fans has traditionally come from Europe, Southeast Asia and China. We hope to add young Indians to the roster soon,” he added. .

Kim Chan, General Manager (India and Bangladesh) of Korean Air, said, “Korean Air resumed operations in India in May 2022 and the load factor was very positive, already above 80% for August. We are planning to roll out special fares on the Delhi/Incheon route around Diwali. If things go as planned, we will soon have more flights on the India – South Korea route. »

Asiana Airlines is reviewing the increased demand to Korea and plans to respond with increased frequency. “The business, employment, leisure and family travel segment remains our priority, but surprisingly, many players have shown interest in Korea for their high-end MICE movement. Currently, Asiana Airlines operates two flights per week, every Monday and Friday, connecting the two capitals Delhi and Seoul.Asiana Airlines Regional Manager Jung Sub Song has been added.

Arriving passengers will be required to take a mandatory PCR test within one day of arrival. To provide hassle-free access to COVID-19 testing, testing centers will be expanded to more airports across Korea. Currently, there are three testing centers at Incheon International Airport and one at Gimhae International Airport.