September 15, 2020 10:07
As the coronavirus epidemic deters people from traveling overseas, golf courses on Jeju Island are seeing business boom.
Some 1.44 million people have visited golf courses on the resort island as of late August this year, up 8 percent from 1.34 million during the same period of last year, the Jeju provincial government said on Monday.
The number of both islanders and non-islanders visiting golf courses there has jumped since June, as overseas golf trips have virtually ceased and the coronavirus situation on the island is mostly under control.
When infections peaked in Korea in March, the number of visitors fell sharply by 15.5 percent on-year to 142,595. But the number started to bounce back in June, seeing an increase to 232,580 from some 195,106 visitors in April.
The island's golf courses continued to attract similar numbers of visitors in July and August, although the summer is normally considered off-season. The proportion of non-islanders among them also increased from 16.3 percent in June to 50.9 percent in August.
One golf course staffer there said, "We're nearly fully booked on weekends until early October."
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