ETW STAFF – Mumbai
Over the years, Korea and India have shared an inseparable link which is reflected in their traditions, culture, heritage, economic, trade and tourism ties. The year 2013 is the 40th anniversary year of diplomatic ties between both the countries. In this year, culture and tourism will be the major focus. Recently, Korean Cultural Centre was opened in New Delhi. Based on all these changes, a huge leap of visitors is expected from India to Korea. “There were 92,000 visitors from India to Korea up till the end of 2012. We expect over 100,000 Indian visitors to Korea in 2013 with opening a new Korean Air route from Incheon International Airport, Korea via Colombo in Sri Lanka to Maldives on March 2013,” said Jae-Sang Lee, director, Korea Tourism Organisation.
Korea has a lot to offer the leisure market and intends to tap the Indian honeymooners. The picturesque mountainous landscape, green paddies and serene temples combined with its ultra- modernity makes it one of the most favored honeymoon destinations of the world. Not only honeymooners, Korea is looking to tap the Indian families with children. Lotteworld, Korea’s first theme park and the largest indoor theme park and Everland, South Korea’s largest theme park are two theme parks aimed at children and young travellers.