More People Book Downtown Hotels for Respite from Summer Heat

  • By Chae Sung-jin

    July 23, 2019 10:50

    The number of Koreans opting to check into luxury hotels in Seoul instead of vacationing abroad has more than doubled this year compared to last year.

    In a survey of 7,000 households released Monday by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, 18.8 percent of respondents said they plan to spend their summer vacation at a luxury hotel in Seoul, up 9.8 percentage points from 2018.

    They just want to have a restful, carefree getaway without being bothered by hectic schedules or the hassle of traveling all the way to a popular destination and back.

    Some 19.3 percent of respondents said they want to take a rest in a quiet place instead of a crowded holiday destination. Still, nearly 60 percent said they will head to a beach or mountains to shelter from the summer heat, but that was a drop from some 70.9 percent in a similar survey last year.

    Only 41.4 percent said they plan to go on vacation this summer and some 24.7 percent said they cannot afford to.

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