Huge Job Losses at Travel Agencies Catering to Chinese Visitors

  • By Chae Sung-jin

    April 21, 2017 12:05

    Some 22 percent of staff at travel agencies here catering to Chinese package tourists either quit or are on leave amid a boycott over Seoul's decision to deploy a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here.

    The Korea Association of Travel Agents surveyed 101 travel agencies employing 1,124 workers and found that 245 staff either quit or are on leave.

    Some 28 travel agencies have decided to close down temporarily, 11 have shortened work hours and one went out of business.

    KATA head Yang Moo-seung said, "Most travel agencies catering to Chinese visitors expect the impact of the THAAD controversy on tourism to continue for one to two more years."

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