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M. Eastern tourists spend most in S. Korea: data

2017/06/21 11:02

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SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) -- Tourists from Middle Eastern countries spent the most during their visits to South Korea last year, government data showed Wednesday, amid growing demand for beauty and medical tourism.

According to a survey conducted by the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute, tourists from the Middle East spent US$2,593 per capita, more than triple the average amount spent by Japanese travelers who spent an average $819.

The survey was conducted on 12,003 foreigners who visited South Korea last year, the institute said.

The per capita spending of Chinese nationals was the second largest with $2,059.

The average per capita spending of all foreigners stood at $1,625 last year, down slightly from $1,712 tallied the previous year.

In this file photo taken on Aug. 1, 2016, a Seoul department store is bustling with foreign tourists. (Yonhap) In this file photo taken on Aug. 1, 2016, a Seoul department store is bustling with foreign tourists. (Yonhap)

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