Terrorism Fears Drive Korean Tourists Away from Europe

  • By Kim Kang-han

    August 16, 2016 11:01

    Fewer Koreans are visiting Europe this summer due to terrorism fears, and travelers are turning to China, Japan, Taiwan and other Asian destinations instead.

    SK Telecom analyzed roaming data of 460,000 subscribers in late July and early August and found that 2,716 visited Turkey, down a whopping 81.2 percent from the same period last year.


    Turkey was the scene of a failed coup last month that has resulted in a bloody crackdown on alleged instigators.

    The number of subscribers visiting France has dropped 25.1 percent, and visitors to Belgium fell 48.8 percent over the same period.

    A man ran amok in a truck in the southern French resort of Nice earlier this year, while Paris and Brussels have suffered bombing attacks.

    But visitors to Portugal and Spain, which have not seen any terror attacks over the last decade, increased 10.7 and 2.6 percent.

    Visitor numbers to Taiwan rose 21.8 percent, to Vietnam 12.4 percent, to China 8.4 percent and to Japan 7.2 percent.

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