Tourism in South Korea
South Korea recorded a total of 13 million tourists in 2017, ranking 28th in the world in absolute terms.
Without including the size of a country, such a ranking list may not be very meaningful. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of South Korea, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.26 tourists per resident, South Korea ranked 119th in the world. In East Asia, it ranked 3rd.
South Korea generated around 17.00 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.0 percent of its the gross domestic product.Back to overview: South Korea
Development of the tourism sector in South Korea from 1995 to 2017
The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in South Korea each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.
Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all countries in East Asia.
Revenues in tourism
In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 6.67 billion USD, or about 1.2 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 3.75 million tourists at that time and roughly 1,777 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 17.00 billion USD, accounting for 1.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,275 USD for his holiday in South Korea.Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
All data for South Korea in detail
All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.