The following is a translated summary of a report from the local press. It has been edited for clarity, including the addition of links and information needed for readers unfamiliar with Jeju. — Ed.
Jeju reached the 4 million mark for domestic and international tourists to the island a full five days earlier than last year.
The Jeju Tourism Association (JTA) announced on May 30 that 4,012,386 people visited Jeju by May 29, five days earlier than last year. During this period, the number of domestic tourists to the island totalled 3.36 million (a number similar to 2012), but some 645,000 foreign tourists have come to Jeju thus far, an increase of more than 30 percent compared to a year ago.
The JTA said that this change was caused by an expansion of direct international flights from China and Southeast Asia, and that an increase in domestic travelers starts every spring. — Headline Jeju