April 24, 2018 12:40
Women have for the first time outpaced men in the number of travelers heading overseas.
The Korea Culture and Tourism Institute said Monday that 12.45 million Korean women traveled abroad last year, accounting for 47 percent of total outbound visitors, compared to 12.39 million men or 46.7 percent. The rest were children.
Until 2013, men accounted for 50.1 percent and women for 40.1 percent. Men in their 30s and 40s still outnumbered women in that age bracket because they more frequently go on business trips. But among travelers in their 20s there was little difference.
Statistics from travel agencies show that women outnumber men even more markedly when it comes to overseas tourism. According to Hana Tour, 56.5 percent of its outbound customers were women in 2014, and the proportion rose even further to 58.6 percent last year.
Lee Hoon at Hanyang University said, "A big factor is the trend among women to travel abroad with their daughters."
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