Chinese visitors to South Korea drop 70% amid THAAD row
Chinese tourists in South Korea declined nearly 70% on-year last month, a drop for five straight months following China's ban on Korea-bound trips amid THAAD row, government data showed Tuesday.
The tally of Chinese visitors came to 281,263 last month, down 69.3 percent from 917,519 recorded the previous year, according to the data by the Korea Tourism Organization.
The number of Chinese visitors in the January-July period stood at 2.53 million, a 46.5 percent drop from 4.73 million tallied in 2016, it said.
Dragged down by the drop in the number of visitors from the neighboring country, the total number of foreigners who visited South Korea last month dropped 40.8 percent to 1 million from 1.7 million, according to the data.
The sharp decline in Chinese tourists has been widely expected as Beijing has banned its travel agencies from selling package tours to Korea since mid-March in apparent retaliation over Seoul's deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.
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