Some 7,000 Japanese fans of JYJ will visit Korea to attend a special "membership" event held by the three-member boy band in Seoul for four days from June 28. This is just short of the daily average of 8,000 tourists from the island country who arrive here, indicating the huge level of interest the event has attracted.
In a press release on Wednesday, JYJ's agency C-Jes Entertainment said, "Some 15,000 Korean fans and 7,024 Japanese fans will attend the event, dubbed the '2012 JYJ Membership Week,' which will take place at Seoul Trade Exhibition and Convention Center in southern Seoul."
They will depart from 14 airports, including Tokyo's Narita and Haneda and Osaka's Kansai, on 116 flights on June 28, and will arrive in Seoul via Incheon and Gimpo.
The event will take place in a 6,600 sq. m. hall featuring photographic and video-based exhibitions of the band. Fans will also be able to shake hands with virtual 3D images of the JYJ members. On the third and fourth days, the band will personally meet fans in the exhibition hall.
The agency said this is a private event for paying members of the band's Korean and Japanese fan clubs. Koreans pay an annual fee of W15,000 (US$1=W1,168) and Japanese W50,000. All participants were chosen by a random draw, the agency added.
The agency has booked 3,500 hotel rooms in Seoul, Incheon and Suwon and arranged 250 buses to accommodate the Japanese fans, it said.
"The news that 7,000 foreign fans are visiting Korea at once to meet a single group adds more momentum to the tourist boom resulting from the Korean Wave," said Kim Kyung-sook, vice president of the Tourism Sciences Society of Korea.