To revoke the tourism in South Korea, the Korean Government dedicated 2023 and 2024 as “Visit Korea Years.”
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and related state agencies confirmed the sixth Tourism Promotion Master Plan produced to revive the pandemic-affected travel industry from 2023 to 2027 during a meeting held at the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) headquarters in Seoul, Monday.
– As said by The Korea Times
This 5 year plan aims to bring generate 30 billion dollars worth of tourism revenue by the end of 2027 by encouraging 30 million travelers to the country.
To achieve this goal, the government introduced 2 new types of visas – K-culture training visa and workcation visa to attract foreign nationals who are keen to explore Korean culture.
The K-culture training visa targets young foreign nationals who are interested in Korean content and are willing to learn about the country’s entertainment industry and content creation system. The visa will be approved under the rule that the applicant will go through an education or training program in the K-content industry, such as a K-Pop entertainment agency.
Though further details have not been announced regarding the implementation, the visa aims to utilize the growing global popularity of Korean films, drama and music and meet the international fans’ enthusiasm to experience Korea’s popular culture. The culture ministry confirmed that the visa will be introduced during the first half of 2023.
Another type of visa is the workcation visa. Workcation visa, combining the words ‘work and vacation’, refers to a lifestyle trend where travelers work remotely during an extended stay in another city or country. With the workcation visa, also dubbed as the digital nomad visa, foreign travelers will be able to stay in Korea temporarily while also performing their usual tasks as an employee of a company from their home country. All the while, experiencing life in Korea. The details of the new visa’s implementation have not yet been disclosed either.
If introduced, foreign travelers can stay in Korea for up to two years to explore their areas of interest. It is expected to be introduced during the second half of next year.
The government has designated 2023 and 2024 as the “Visit Korea Years” and plans to hold a hundred K-culture events in collaboration with private corporations. The planned events include concerts featuring K-Pop stars, the Incheon K-pop concert (INK), the One-Asia Festival and the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
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