​ Seoul expects 250,000 Chinese tourists in early October: Yonhap

By Park Sae-jin Posted : September 28, 2016, 16:02 Updated : September 28, 2016, 16:02

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The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday around 250,000 tourists are set to visit the city in early October thanks to China celebrating a key holiday, stressing every effort will be made to offer various programs to welcome the visitors.

Seoul said it will operate visitors' centers in major tourist areas throughout the city, including the shopping districts of Myeongdong and Dongdaemun, which are hubs for the country's fashion industry. The centers will provide a variety of information to tourists throughout the Chinese holiday period, which runs from Saturday to October 7.

The city government said it plans to hold various events near these centers, including performances of traditional music and taekwondo.

The centers will also provide free WiFi and promote the city's developed IT capabilities. Students of Seoul-based Jeonghwa Arts College will moreover provide makeup and nail art services.

Industry watchers said the number of shoppers will also increase over the cited period as the holiday falls in line with South Korea's sales season.

"Korea Sale Festa" is the largest shopping and tourism festival spearheaded by the government to draw foreign travelers and aims to jack up weak domestic spending. It will run from September 29 to October 3 throughout the country.

The city said around 20 to 40 percent discounts will be provided to passengers of its tour bus that stops at palaces as well as around the southern district of Gangnam.

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