Foreign tourists who visited Korea to experience first hand "hallyu," or the Korean wave, spent an average $2,100 per person during their stay, a poll released by the Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO) showed Sunday.
The survey was conducted by a dedicated local pollster on 1,230 tourists who visited the country this year.
Hallyu refers to the popularity of Korean pop songs, soap operas and movies abroad. Studies have shown that there may be over 3.3 million "hardcore" fans all across the world, with many in Asia, Europe and North America.
Broken down by where people spent money, the latest findings showed shopping accounting for the bulk at $983, followed by accommodation at $417.7. Food and drinks trailed third at $291.1, with travel agency fees and transportation costs within the country making up the rest.
By nationality, Chinese tourists spent the most at $2,204.5, followed by those from the North America and Europe at $2,066.9. People from Southeast Asia spent the least at $1,852.2, the KNTO report said.
It added that young people spent the most, with 15-20 year olds spending an average $2,527.1. Tourists in their 20s spent $2,092.5, with people over 41 spending $1,075.5 on average during their stay. (Yonhap)