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SEOUL, May 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian tourists travelling to South Korea are expected to double to 350,000 this year after the introduction of a visa-free regime in January and growing interest in medical tourism, travel specialists predict.
“Seoul is Russians’ favorite South Korean city," Korea Tourism Organization's Chung Jae-Soon told ITAR-TASS at a Russia-Korea tourism congress there on Friday, predicting the volume to leap from the 175,000 making the journey in 2013.
The increase will be buoyed by special tourism promotions between the two countries in 2014-2015. This sits alongside business travel reported vibrant and incomers arriving for medical treatment, numbering 24,000 in 2012.
Traditional popularity among health-conscious visitors from Russia's Far East is now also gaining ground in central Russia, said the authority's Chung.
But conference organizers have also been promoting Russian resorts as destinations for foreign guests. Events are being organised by the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) and the Russian Travel Association's World Without Borders.
Similar events in the "Successful Russia" promotion will be held in Beijing in June, in Tokyo in September, and in Shanghai and Hong Kong in November.