South Korea

South Korea

From 22 May we will be working to update all of the data and documents on this page following the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revision of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) data for 2009-2018 and the released detailed 2019 data. UK data will be updated first and followed by the regional data from 27 May. Please be patient as we update these pages or contact the VisitBritain research team if you have any questions- VB/VEResearch@visitbritain.org. Thank you.

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)32.3
Global rank for international tourism expenditure9
Number of outbound visits (m)33.0
Most visited destinationJapan
Most visited destination in Western EuropeItaly

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2019
Population (m)51.2
GDP per capita PPP (US$)42,327
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)3.3
Annual average GDP growth in the past year (%)2.0

Inbound visits to Britain from South Korea

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Access to Britain from South Korea

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures21
Weekly seat capacity6,009
Airports with direct routes in South Korea1
Airports with direct routes in Britain1
  • In 2019, the South Korea to Britain route was served by Seoul to London Heathrow
  • 3 airlines serve the South Korea route: Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and British Airways
  • The current reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty for visitors departing Britain for South Korea is £78