SOUTH KOREA. The bounce in Chinese visitors to South Korea continued in November 2018, with a 35.1% year-on-year increase to 404,000 arrivals from the world’s second-largest economy.

The latest figures from the Korea Tourism Organization highlight the ongoing recovery in Chinese visits following the THAAD missile dispute, which began in 2017 and saw Beijing ban Chinese group tours to South Korea.

However, total Chinese visitors remain down on levels before THAAD. In November 2016, almost 517,000 Chinese visitors arrived in South Korea.

The accumulative growth in Chinese visitors for the year to November 2018 was 14.0% to 4,370,000.

The figures also show a 40.5% increase in visitors from Japan to almost 300,000. The accumulative increase of Japanese visitors was 27% to 2,690,000.

Visitors from the USA rose 12.8% to 78,000 year-on-year. Americans now account for 5.8% of all visits to South Korea, slightly less than all Europeans, who represent 5.9%. Accumulative numbers of Americans for the first 11 months rose 11.8% to 802,000. 

Departures by South Korean nationals rose 3.1% to 2,295,810 in November. The accumulative figures for the same group in the year to November constituted a rise of 8.8% to just over 26 million.

Visitor arrivals in November 2018 by gender and selected nationality. Source: Korea Tourism Organization.

Visitor arrivals by gender for the first eleven months of 2018. Source: Korea Tourism Organization.

Visitor arrivals by selected nationality and purpose for November 2018. Source: Korea Tourism Organization.

Selected nationality visitor arrivals by purpose for first eleven months. Source: Korea Tourism Organization.

Visitor arrivals by age for November 2018 Source: Korea Tourism Organization.

Visitor arrivals by age for first eleven months. Source: Korea Tourism Organization.

Outbound departures of Korean nationals by gender for the first eleven months of 2018. Source: Korea Tourism Organization.

Outbound departures of Korean nationals by age for the first eleven months of 2018. Source: Korea Tourism Organization.