Chinese tourists will spend as much as $200 million in South Korea during China's longest holiday of the year, giving a big boost to Seoul's tourism industry, officials said Friday.
The number of Chinese tourists to South Korea will top 100,000 from Sunday through next Tuesday, during which both the Chinese National Day and the lunar Mid-Autumn Festival fell, said the officials at the state-run Korea National Tourism Organization.
During the Autumn holiday, millions of Chinese tourists travel overseas every year.
The average per capita spending of Chinese tourists is expected to be $700 higher than that of all the foreign tourists, which stands at $1,200, said the tourism agency.
Chinese tourists' average per capita spending in South Korea rose steadily to $1,940 in 2011 from $1,627 in 2010, $1,546 in 2009 and $1,263 in 2008.
According to a recent report published by the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute, a subsidiary of South Korea's culture ministry, the number of Chinese tourists to South Korea has jumped nearly five times over the past 10 years.
The number reached 2.22 million in 2011, up almost five-fold from 443,000 in 2000 when South Korea allowed group tourism by Chinese citizens in full scale. In August this year, Chinese visitors increased 30 percent on-year to 360,000. (Yonhap)