Travel agencies to handle all Korea visa applications from July 1 MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos who want to travel to South Korea to get a firsthand experience of Korean culture will no longer need to go to the Korean Embassy for tourist visas. Starting July 1, visa applications will be processed through designated travel agencies only, the Korean Embassy in Manila announced. This is due to the number of Korean visa applicants. In 2017, there were around 160,000 visa applicants compared to the 120,000 in 2016 and 90,000 in 2015. “This increase in number of visa applicants caused the applicants to stand in hot weather outside the embassy for hours to wait in line for their turn to apply for respective visa,” the Korean Embassy said. The embassy, however, will allow walk-in applicants only for spouses and children of Koreans, holders of visa issuance number, government employees with official business trips and for those with humanitarian reasons for urgent travel to Korea. Filipinos' interest in visiting South Korea is a result of the Hallyu craze or the Korean wave. This can be attributed to the rise in popularity of K-pop and K-dramas in the country. Here is the list of the 35 travel agencies designated to process temporary visitor’s visa application: Come on Phils.
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At the crux of the conflict is THAAD, a U.S. anti-ballistic missile defense system deployed in South Korea as tensions on the peninsula were rising . China quickly responded to THAAD with a ban on tour group travel to South Korea in the spring of 2017. Global Times calls for THAAD to be “appropriately handled” if the country wants to see anything reminiscent of the rapid growth of Chinese tourism that South Korea experienced in years past. Unless South Korea changes is approach to national security, a return to pre-tourism ban Chinese visitor numbers may not happen Additionally, and most certainly even harder to achieve, the tabloid argues that the situation on the Korean peninsula needs to fundamentally change for South Korea to enjoy a tourism rebound. Interestingly, the narrative in Global Times’ report goes against that of other Chinese media outlets, including state-owned media. In recent weeks, Chinese media such as Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post and even official news agency Xinhua have reported on Chinese tourists’ alleged return to South Korea. However, as Jing Travel has previously argued , recent growth primarily comes down to that numbers are now compared to post-travel ban figures from last year. This is further corroborated by Park Yong-hwan, senior deputy director of the China Team at the Korea Tourism Organization, who told the Global Times that growth “this year is expected to be slightly higher than the previous year due to the base effect.” Other state media’s eagerness to report on Chinese tourism growth in South Korea could have indicated that a softening or lifting of the now over one-year-old tourism ban was imminent, but the Global Times’ rebuttal now puts that into question. The expected return of Chinese group travelers now appears less-than-imminent Now, with tensions seemingly easing on the Korean peninsula, South Korean tourism stakeholders are now reportedly promoting peace-themed tours along the DMZ as a sign of the times.
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