Near the end of December, some 655,000 tickets for the Winter Games in South Korea had been sold, according to the organizing committee’s official website Pyeongchang2 018. com .~ ATAGEND
That is 61 percent of the 1.07 million tickets that organizers had prepared as a target for the occurrence, whose welcoming ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 9. Even the website holds the view that the sales “had been sluggish.”
Speculation is that interest in attending the games has been affected by the tensions between South Korea and North koreans; the scene of the Winter Olympics is a mere 50 miles from the demilitarized zone separating the two nations. What’s more, the remote rural township of Pyeongchang is not alluring sufficient to attract travelers, some in the tourist industry say.
I imagine parties are too fearful about North Korea, but to be honest[ Pyeongchang, South Korea] is not a great sightseer destination to begin with. You’ve got to be going because you want to see the Olympics.
“I reckon people are too hideous about North koreans, but to be honest it’s not a great sightseer destination to begin with, ” said Brian Peters, CEO of Bucket List Events, a Texas-based hurtle organization that offers sports-themed parcels, told L.A. Biz. “I guess I should be espousing the opposite attitude, but it’s simply not a great sightseer destination. You’ve got to be going because you want to see the Olympics.”
International Olympic Committee member Gian-Franco Kasper told a French media store that the tensions with North koreans are changing interest in attending.
“I will tell you the truth: I do not expect too many witness at the 2018 Pyeongchang Game, ” Kasper said. “The current political crisis in the region does not support Europeans to travel to South Korea.”
Efforts to get a comment from the Olympic committee were unsuccessful.
South Korea has a lot journeying on the incident — not the least of which is an expectation that it will boost its economy, the fourth-largest in Asia.
Lee Hee-beom, the heads of state of South Korea’s Winter Games organizing committee, said last year that the high expectations was that hosting the occurrence would bring nearly $30 billion — through such things as tourism and construction — to the country over the next decade.
Pyeongchang2 018. com described the Wintertime Activity as “a good chance to promote the country’s beautiful mountains, scenic vistums and other tourism-related products.”
MyBucketListEvents.com says the total cost of going to the Winter Activity for anywhere between 7 to 19 daytimes is $4,895. The costs of a round trip flight to Seoul from the United States around the time of the Winter Activity averages about $1,000, is in accordance with several walk websites.
A sample budget for the affair in Money Magazine evidenced a total cost of $4,683 that included $915 for a flight to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, $1,870 for a one-week inn stay near the event, $200 for a Pyeonchang Rail Pass from Seoul, and $1,548 for four ticket packs for alpine skiing, pairs illustration skating, rapidity skaing, a men’s hockey competitor and snowboarding.
Officials say there’s still era for sales to pick up.
“All in all, they feel very confident and I’ve ever said that we have to trust the Koreans, ” said Christophe Dubi, executive director of the Olympic Games, to USA Today. “They’ve always said there would be a thunder and a last-minute rise of sales.”