May 23, 2016 12:10
Korea has fared poorly compared to Japan in attracting foreign tourists since November 2014. The blame seems to lie with Korea's inferior tourism infrastructure and the weak yen.
Until 2014, Korea was able to lure more foreign tourists than Japan, mainly thanks to a double-digit increase in Chinese tourists every year in the late 2000s.
That brought over 10 million foreign tourists to the country for the first time in 2012, overtaking Japan.
But since 2014, Japan has caught up as the weak yen made it a much more affordable destination.
Japan also has a better choice of hotels, more interesting destinations and friendlier visa conditions. As a result, the number of foreign visitors to Japan jumped to 19.74 million last year.
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