May 24, 2024

Arinchaya Lertwattanachai, Marketing Manager, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), stated that the current trend in Korean tourism among Thai travellers has shifted from purchasing tour packages to planning their trips.  

Referred to as FIT (Free Independent Travelers), they typically travel in small groups, such as with friends or family members.  This trend is driven by Korea’s reputation as a comfortable destination, where tourists can arrange their travel logistics through KTC World Travel Service, including booking plane tickets, accommodations, and various activities, or through hotel booking websites or OTAs (Online Travel Agents), which provide a convenient one-stop service.  

Building upon this trend, KTO has devised a marketing strategy for 2024 in collaboration with KTC, leading to the launch of the “Korea Everything” campaign.  This campaign encapsulates the essence of Korean tourism across 3 main dimensions: K-Food, K-Fun and K-Culture, offering tourists the flexibility to choose activities according to their different lifestyles or preferences, highlighting 2 main routes: Seoul and Busan.

K-Food: Indulge in the exquisite Hanjeongsik menu, a traditional Korean set meal with origins dating back to palaces and noble households of the past.  Alternatively, savour the exceptional seafood hot pot menu, renowned in Busan for its freshness.

K-Fun: Delight in the adorable alpacas at Alpaca World in Seoul or hop on the Busan Sky Capsule Trend, a charming, colourful train that glides along Haeundae Beach.

K-Culture: Immerse yourself in the rich history of Bukchon Hanok Village, once a residential neighbourhood for high-ranking government officials and nobles during the Joseon Dynasty.  Or explore Kamson Cultural Village in Busan, where houses cascade down the mountainside in colourful tiers, earning it the name of “Machu Picchu of Busan.”

Pranaya Nithananon, Head of Credit Card Marketing, “KTC” or Krungthai Card Public Company Limited stated that throughout 2023, the tourism industry has experienced a significant resurgence in activity.  Total KTC credit card spending in the travel category has notably increased, particularly on Korean routes during the second half of the year.  In collaboration with the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), KTC launched the “Korea Everywhere” campaign, leading to a remarkable 35% growth in total KTC credit card spending in Korea compared to the second half of 2022.  

Additionally, the number of cardmembers travelling to spend in Korea increased by 38%, with an average spending per member amounting to 17,500 baht.  Furthermore, at KTC World Travel Service, in 2023, KTC credit cardmembers booking airline tickets, accommodations, and packages for Korean routes surged by 378%, nearing 2019 pre-pandemic levels.

For 2024, KTC will continue its partnership with KTO to craft marketing strategies aimed at encouraging KTC credit card members to select Korea as their travel destination. The launch of the “Korea Everything” campaign offers authentic experiences across 3 dimensions: K-Food, K-Fun and K-Culture.  

KTC World Travel Service has curated special rated 3-day, 2-night travel packages such as “K-Everything in Seoul” starting at 25,500 baht/person and “K-Everything in Busan” starting at 19,900 baht/person (covering airline tickets, accommodations, and activities).  Alternatively, for independent travellers, the service offers discounted airline tickets, shuttle service, and attraction entrance tickets, allowing flexibility in exploring Seoul, Incheon, nearby cities, and Busan. Moreover, members are eligible to earn up to 10x KTC FOREVER points / have the option to pay in 0% interest instalments for 6 months, or redeem every 1,000 KTC FOREVER points for a 130 baht discount.  Additionally, KTC has partnered with Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, and Thai Airways, offering special discounts and extra reward points for direct flight bookings made on their respective websites from May 1, 2024, to November 30, 2024.

Special! Stand a chance to win one of four exclusive 5-day, 3-night “Korea Everything in Busan” travel packages for 2 persons worth over 640,000 baht. Experience a wide range of Korean delights including K-Food, K-Fun, and K-Culture along the Busan route. Simply make the highest spending amount with a KTC credit card at KTC World Travel Service and participating leading department stores from June 15, 2024, to July 31, 2024.

Papop Suwanwisolkij, Owner of Megamaxx Journey Page, stated, that Korea is a country that offers attractions in every season, each with its unique highlights.  Recently, I had the chance to visit Busan, Korea, to witness the Cherry Blossom Season.  Renting a car for the first time provided me with a new experience, distinct from using public transportation, as it allowed me to plan my itinerary and explore new tourist spots along the way. During this journey, I also ventured to the city of Ulsan, an intriguing yet often unseen destination that remains undiscovered by many tourists. 

Remark: Credit cardholders should use their cards responsibly and repay the full amount as scheduled to avoid incurring an annual interest rate of 16%.


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