Korea Tourism Organization London office exhibited at the Cruise Show in Birmingham last month to promote Korea and cruises to the region.

Over 2,000,000 cruise passengers visited Korea last year and arrivals have been increasing by 80% year on year for the last five years. Korea has 12 cruise harbours with Busan, Jeju, Incheon, Sokcho and Yeosu the most popular amongst cruise lines.

Last March Queen May 2 docked at Incheon carrying 3,700 tourists. Queen Mary 2 left Southampton on 10th January for 119 days around Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia. In Korea the passengers visited sites in Incheon, Seoul and Gyeonggi.

The Government announced a new strategic vision to make Korea a major worldwide cruise hub and the Korea Tourism Organization is planning to promote this by attending cruise exhibitions, selling cruise tour products and through its Visit East Asia activity in collaboration with Japan and China to jointly promote the region.

KTO believes cruise shows are a great opportunity not only to attract more tourists to Korea but also to introduce cruise products featuring Korea to visitors and seek various ways to develop current programmes with more tour operators in the UK.