On May 7, 2016, 400 tables were set up in Banpo Hangang Park in Seoul to treat 4,000 tourists from China with the traditional Korean cuisine ginseng chicken soup.
These 4,000 tourists are all employees of a big company in China, but they are only part of them. A grand event like this will soon take place again on May 10 when the second large group consisting of the company’s employees arrives in South Korea to travel.
A group of 8,000 people visiting South Korea has been the largest tourist group since the outburst of MERS last year.
To entertain such a super tourist group, South Korea had employed 60 airplanes and 200 buses. The first group of 4,000 people stayed at 32 different hotels in Seoul. On the ginseng chicken soup party night, 8,000 chickens, 1,800 bottles of traditional Korean wines, 8,000 bottles of beverages and beers were consumed, with 880 waitresses serving on the tables. Moreover, tourist policemen were assigned to each scenic spot to reduce the inconvenience residents may encounter, and more tourist buses parking areas were set up to meet the need from large visitor flow.
In order to attract more Chinese tourists to visit South Korea, the local government has put enormous effort in tourism. The mayor of Seoul even attended the chicken soup party and gave a welcome speech to the Chinese visitors. According to a tourist agency, this tourist group will be able to generate about 49.5 billion won (equals to 278 million yuan) income for South Korea.