Good Morning. South Korea outbound tourists will likely become the most sought after market for Asia’s integrated resort operators this year, given China’s continued zero-covid stance, and Japan’s slow restart of international travel. In today’s AGB Podcast, we speak to Dr. Jaeyeon Choe, a South Korea tourist expert about the expected surge of South Korean tourists and her top tips to attract them to your resort.

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Asia Gaming ebrief, Korea outbound tourism demand

South Koreans seek luxury, wellness and cultural experiences

Dr. Jaeyeon Choe, a lecturer at Swansea University and expert on Korean outbound travel trends chats with Asia Gaming Brief editor Felix Ng about the South Korean outbound tourist and how they’ve changed post-pandemic. We also discuss top tips for catering to this tourist at your Asia-based integrated resort.

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