South Korea

South Korea

Global context

Measure2016
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)26.6
Global rank for international tourism expenditure7
Number of outbound visits (m)25.1
Most visited destinationJapan
Most visited destination in Western EuropeGermany

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2016
Population (m)50.8
GDP per capita PPP (US$)34,573
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)3.3
Annual average GDP growth in the past year (%)2.8

Inbound visits to Britain

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Access to Britain from South Korea

Measure2016
Weekly aircraft departures21
Weekly seat capacity5,667
Airports with direct routes in South Korea1
Airports with direct routes in Britain1
  • There are 21 direct, non-stopping flight departures to Britain a week, with a total capacity of 5,667 seats a week*
  • One airport in South Korea serves one British airport*
  • The current reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for South Korea is £75

*2016 data