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Tourism and leisure consumption in South Korea last year

According to a report released by the Korean culture and Tourism Research Institute on 26, COVID-19’s consumption expenditure in tourism and leisure in 2020 reduced by more than 20%. In particular, foreigners’ spending on tourism and leisure in South Korea has plummeted by nearly 77%. Among the related industries, tourism has suffered the greatest impact.

Tourism and leisure consumption in South Korea last year

According to the report, the consumption expenditure in the field of tourism and leisure last year was 134.8985 trillion won (about 785 billion yuan), a year-on-year decrease of 21.8%. Among them, Korean spending was 133.2402 trillion won, a decrease of 19.5%, while foreign spending was 1.6584 trillion won, a decrease of 76.6%. Among the monthly consumption expenditure, in December last year, when the third wave of pandemic began, it was 7.542 trillion won, with a year-on-year decrease of 45.7%, the largest decrease. In March last year, when the epidemic began to spread, the decrease was 33.5%.

From the perspective of various industries, the consumption expenditure in the field of tourism last year was 407.1 billion won, with the largest decrease of 83.5%. Followed by gambling (- 78.8%), duty-free shops (- 73.5%), aviation (- 71.7%), tourism souvenir sales (- 59.2%), tourism accommodation (- 45.4%). Only the car rental industry increased by 4.7% to 531.7 billion won.

Over 50 countries suspended or imposed controls on Britain

According to a CCTV news client report, following the confirmation of a mutated new coronavirus in the UK on December 14, the British government announced on the 23rd that another more contagious mutated new coronavirus has been discovered. In order to prevent the spread of the mutated new crown virus, many countries have introduced countermeasures against entry into the UK or suspension of flights.

At the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China today (24th), spokesperson Wang Wenbin said: Recently the UK announced that it has discovered a mutated strain of the new coronavirus and has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of the relevant information. Announced measures to close the border, suspend round-trip flights, and ban the entry of British flights to Britain.

Wang Wenbin said that taking into account the particularity of the mutant virus and the possible impact, in order to protect the healthy exchanges between Chinese and foreign personnel, after full assessment, China has referred to the practice of many countries and suspended flights between China and Britain. China will closely follow the relevant situation and dynamically adjust relevant control measures as appropriate.


According to an incomplete analysis by a reporter from China Business News, as of 19:00 on the 24th, more than 50 countries have announced the suspension or various controls on the UK.

Another variant of the new coronavirus has also been found in South Africa, which is different from the variant that appeared in the UK. Although appearing in the same period, they seem to be related to each other, but they are unrelated variants.

WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said in his speech that the mutation rate of the new coronavirus is much slower than that of influenza. “Influenza viruses mutate quite rapidly, and vaccines actually need to be reviewed and corrected based on the strains of influenza viruses that were circulating that year.” She said, “So far, even though we have seen some changes (of the new coronavirus), some Mutations, but none of them have a major impact on the sensitivity of any of the current treatments, drugs, or vaccines being developed. We also hope that this situation can continue.”