Market sales per travel agency decreases
Rise in number of island's travel companies hurts the local tourism market
While the number of travel agencies on the island has increased significantly, the local market structure has become worse in making profits.
According to a report on Jeju's tourism market written by (신동일) Shin Dong-il from the Jeju Development Research Institute, the total number of Jeju's travel agencies increased from 594 in 2007 to 648 in 2009.
The total number of agencies jumped to 804 in 2011.
The report also states that tourism market sales per travel agency increased by 34.5% in 2006 and 16.4% in 2007, but then dropped by 15.1% in 2008 and 25.5% in 2009.
(신) Shin reports the high amount of travel agencies on the island creates excessive competition and results in the decrease of sales individually. He also says that because of financial burdens, many travel companies are ruining the reputation of local tourism with their aggressive methods to get out of the slump. These tactics include charging high prices and pushing extra tour programs.
Province asks local farmers to take heed of AI cases
Government requests infected countries be avoided
The Jeju government is encouraging farmers to take extra care of their animals as a series of avian influenza cases have been reported in other countries recently.
Government officials are requesting poultry farmers refrain from visiting China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mexico as these countries have been slaughtering a massive number of poultry because of the disease.
Authorities also advise farmers to be vigilant in sterilizing efforts both in and outside of their farms.
July sees increase in ferry passengers
1.68 million+ people came to Jeju by ferry last month
More than 1.68 million people took ferries to Jeju last month.
The Busan Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Office's Jeju Maritime Management division says in July,
roughly 1,685,600 people took the ferry between the two cities, causing a 3 percent increase from the same period last year.
However, the number of passengers who took the eight routes linking Jeju and (장흥) Jangheung and (녹동) Nokdong saw a decrease, except for the route connecting Jeju and (완도) Wando.
The Jeju-Wando route rose by 53 percent to 307,000 passengers compared to the same time last year.
The maritime agency expects the number of passengers to increase yet again as new routes including the one linking (우수영) Woosooyoung and (통영) Tongyoung will open in the latter half of this year.
This year, Jeju International Convention Center marks 15 years of operation. While it has generally received positive reviews and is acknowledged for playing a key role in the development of the MICE industry, problems still remain. Jack Quin has more.
This year, ICC Jeju celebrated 15 years of operation. It's hosted more than 2000 events including the ASEAN-ROK Summit in 2009, and the Korea-China-Japan Trilateral Summit in 2010, helping Jeju become an international convention destination.
The impact these events have had on the local economy is estimated to be 1.4 trillion won.
<Recording : Kang Gi-Kwon >
With the so called 'environmental Olympics', the World Conservation Congress, right around the corner there's a chance for the ICC to take a great leap forward. To help fulfill the central government's green growth policy, the ICC is becoming a more eco-friendly facility and with a 6 billion won budget is going solar.
When finished, 20 % of the ICC's electricity will come from a solar power generator. However, several problems still remain at the ICC. Due to delays on facility expansion projects, it's unable to attract large-scale international meetings and incentive tour groups.
Last year 12,000 employees of the Chinese Baojian Group visited Jeju on an incentive tour. The ICC banquet hall wasn't big enough to accommodate them at once so the group's event was divided into 8 sessions.
As convention centers in other regions like KINTEX in Gyeonggi province and BEXCO in Busan improve and expand their infrastructure to secure more large-scale conventions, ICC Jeju is losing its competitiveness.
And while the Jeju provincial government wants to expand exhibition facilities it has yet to get budget support from the central government.
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To strengthen Jeju's MICE industry, infrastructure improvements are a top priority.
Jack Quin KCTV.
Small in size, but strong in taste, Udo peanuts have become somewhat of a specialty to the island. Following ice cream and noodles, peanut makgeolli is the newest product being made with Udo's delicacy. Dean Brown has more.
A record high number of tourists have visited Udo this year.
Tourism is the first priority here, but these visitors, exhausted by the summer heat really need a nice cool snack.
Peanut ice cream, which is fresh yogurt with powdered peanut, and peanut noodles are foods unique to the island.
Udo peanuts are grown in the face of sea winds, so they are only half the normal size. However, they are very soft and possess a strong nutty taste.
Out of the island's total farmland area of 420 ha, one third, or 142 ha is used for growing the legumes.
They have become something of a specialty here.
Now, there is one more product being made with the island delicacy, makgeolli, an unrefined rice wine.
While the aforementioned ice cream and noodles merely have powder sprinkled on top, peanuts are a main ingredient of this new drink, along with white and glutinous rice..
The alcohol content is the same as similar beverages at 6 percent, but it has a nutty taste and goes down very smoothly indeed.
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< Interview : Lee Bok-woo >
The combination of cancer fighting properties and health benefits associated with the drink is garnering a lot of attention from both home and abroad.
< Interview : Yoo Joong-kyeong >
Amongst the tens of thousands of special regional products in Korea, Udo peanut makgeolli is expected be become a new advertisement for both Jeju, and Korea as a whole.
Dean Brown, KCTV.
Turning to Arirang now, aside from the Summer Olympic Games, there's another team in town generating Korean exposure. A special three-month celebration of Korean culture is currently taking place in conjunction with the Olympics. Arirang's Yoo Ji-hae reports from London.
The 100-day "All Eyes on Korea" festival is well underway at various locations in London,... and all events are aimed at bringing a bit of Korean culture to Britain during the Olympic season.
The city's culture-savvy Southbank Centre,... Europe's largest venue for the arts is one of the sites,... in which Londoners and visitors from around the world are invited to enjoy a line-up of cultural programs.
["All Eyes on Korea" through Sep. 9th]
There's a little bit of everything, from exhibitions showcasing a collection of artworks by Korean artists... to theater and musical concerts.
Korea's Culture Ministry says... the goal is to capitalize on the growing popularity of the Korean Wave in Europe.
[Interview] Choe Kwang-shik / Minister, Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism
"We have prepared "All Eyes on Korea" to expand the horizon of Korean culture through exhibitions, concerts and performances, by making the best of the Olympic season, in which people from not only Europe but from around the world descend on London."
[Gong Myoung 'Walkabout' Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre]
Over the weekend..., Korea's leading music group, GongMyoung... which translates as "resonance,"... marveled audiences by using some 30 traditional instruments during a single performance,...
[ Shining K-Classics Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre ]
while a similar excitement was also felt early this week... at "Shining K-Classics"... where two of the biggest names in classical music... violinist Sarah Chang and soprano Cho Soo-mi, captured the hearts of many.
[Interview] Sheila Sedman / Audience
"I thought it went very well, especially when they were playing the Korean music."
[Interview] Rag Hart / Audience
"I've heard of both of them before and heard their records, but not live. So, it was very nice to see them live performing here in London.
Performers were just as thrilled to be taking part.
[Interview] Sarah Chang / Violinist
"I was really happy to be a part of tonight's concert. It's a celebration of so many different things, not just the Olympics but Korean influence on the cultural world."
[Camera ] Lee Soo-bok
Korean Culture Center UK... the organizer of the festival says... further cultural performances and showcases will continue... until September 9th.
(Stand-up) Yoo Ji-hae
"The artists and supporters may not be competing at the Olympic stadium... but they are certainly leaving their marks on London's cultural arena.
Yoo Ji-hae, Arirang News, London."
Increase in price for greenhouse mandarins
Jeju fruit traded and sold at higher amount this year
Mandarins grown in greenhouses are being traded at high prices this year.
According to the Jeju provincial government, on average, a 5-kilogram box of mandarins is selling at around 28,000 won. This price is up 600 won from 2011 and over 1,000 won more than 2010.
Government officials attribute the rise in prices to the mandarins receiving the appropriate amount of sunlight in April and May, control of the shipment of the fruit, and the decrease in size of land for mandarin cultivation.
Much of the trend is attributed to appropriate amount of sunlight in April and May, and the control of the shipment of the fruit on the back of the decrease in the size of land for mandarin cultivation.
More than 3,800 tons of mandarins raised in greenhouses have been shipped since the beginning of this year, a 13 percent drop from the same period last year.
Jeju badminton players removed from Olympics
Kim Min-jung and Kin Hana accused of throwing match
Jeju badminton players (김민정) Kim Min-jung and (김하나) Kim Ha-na have been removed from the women’s doubles in the London 2012 Olympics.
The Badminton World Federation has disqualified 8 female players from Korea, China and Indonesia accusing them of trying to throw matches in order to secure a favorable draw in the women's doubles.
(김민정) Kim Min-jung is ranked third in the world and was a strong candidate to win a medal, but now all her efforts have been lost.
Korea filed a protest with the federation, but was rejected.
JNU-Navy sign educational agreement
Collaboration provides programs and courses for naval crew and family
Jeju National University has signed an agreement with the Navy to help foster academic exchange.
Under the agreement, the school and the navy will work together to develop educational programs and courses in liberal arts for the naval crew and their families. They will also collaborate and give a lecture to students about national security and host an event allowing students to experience navy life.
In the case students are recruited by the navy after being accepted into school, the JNU has agreed to help with the management of academic affairs and classes.
▶ The (이호 테우) Iho Taewu Festival is being held through Sunday and includes activities such as Jeju traditional boating and fishing.
Title - Iho Taewu Festival
Details - 15 programs
Date - Through August 5
Location - Iho Taewu Beach
▶ (금능 으뜸원) Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach is holding a summer festival this weekend.
Title - Geunmneung Summer Festival
Details - Fun activities for the whole family
Date - August 4 - 5
Location - Geumneung Beach
▶ (곽지 과물) Gwakji Gwamul Beach is hosting a summer festival on Saturday.
Title - 'Broccoli & Beach'
Details - Activities for the whole family
Date - August 4
Location - Gwakji Gwamul Beach
▶ Hallim Park is currently hosting a lotus flower festival through August 12th.
Title - Lotus Flower Festival
Details - Over 100 kinds of lotus flowers
Date - Until August 12th
Location - Hallim Park
▶ Yeon Gallery is displaying collections from renowned Korean artists through Monday.
Title - Jo Yeong-hee Collection
Details - 50+ works
Date - Through August 10
Location - Yeon Gallery
▶ Local musical group (온새미) 'Onsasemi' is performing on Saturday at Samyang Beach.
Title - Concert: 'Onsasemi'
Details - Jeju dialect songs
Date - August 4 at 5 PM
Location - Samyang Beach