Thursday, August 17, 2006

"Korea is boring" redux

A small footnote to attach to my comments on how and why "Korea is boring". An article in the Dong-A about falling airfares between China and Korea:

[China Eastern Airlines] also lowered the prices for return trips between Incheon and Yantai and between Incheon and the famous holiday destination of Hainan Island, from 450,000 to 240,000 won and from 550,000 to 260,000 won, respectively. The return fare for the Incheon-Ningbo route, which has been newly established to fly twice a week starting August 9, has been set at 240,000 won 

These prices are not much higher than Korean Air and Asiana Airlines’ peak season prices for Seoul-Jeju return trip, which costs 185,800 won.

Again, one of my central points to Korea's worries about the balance of the tourism trade is simply tourism in Korea, even for Koreans, is expensive considering the options in the area.


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