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Taiwanese tourists biggest spenders in Seoul: report

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese tourists were the top spenders in Seoul last year, according to a report released by a think tank in the South Korean capital.

A research institute based in Seoul published a report entitled “Proposal to enhance tourism quality of Seoul” yesterday. According to the report, travelers from Taiwan spent on average US$1,356 in Seoul, the highest among all travelers.

The number of tourists to Seoul surpassed 10 million for the first time in 2013, according to the report.

The report says that the number of foreign travelers to South Korea reached 12.17 million in 2013, which was a 9.3-percent increase from 2012. According to 2012's travel data, 82.5 percent of foreign travelers to South Korea visited Seoul. With this proportion, the number of visitors to Seoul was estimated to be 10.05 million in 2013.

The number of Chinese travelers to Seoul surpassed that of Japan. The number of Japanese travelers to Seoul declined from 2.9 million in 2012 to 2.26 million in 2013, which was a 22-percent decline. The number of Chinese tourists grew from 2.34 million in 2012 to 3.57 million in 2013, which was a 53-percent increase.

The data shows that tourists spent on average US$1,314 during their stay in Seoul, which more than doubled the figure from 2007. In regard to the biggest spenders, the top three are Taiwanese, Chinese and Japanese.

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