POSTED: August 2nd 2010

PyeongChang 2018: Gangwon Province international tourism already on the rise 9.8 percent in 2010

Gangwon beaches are as crowded as the Riviera / Gangwon Province
Gangwon beaches are as crowded as the Riviera / Gangwon Province

Summer sports are very popular in the region / Gangwon Province
Summer sports are very popular in the region / Gangwon Province

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG, Aug 2: The Gangwon Province is reporting a solid 9.8 percent increase in international tourism to the region boosting their hopes of inviting the world in for the 2018 winter Games at PyeongChang.

According to a report released by the Gangwon provincial government the 9.8 percent increase relates to the first half of 2010 and compares to the same time frame of last year. So far this year 651,000 international visitors have travelled to Gangwon Province for both winter and summer sports tourism.

Jong-hoo Kim, head of the Gangwondo Tourism Association said: “More and more tourists are visiting Gangwon Province. PyeongChang is very popular among winter sports enthusiasts from Asia, and with the East Sea’s beautiful beaches nearby, the area is an enjoyable destination for everyone regardless of the season.”

Overall 29.64 million people visited Gangwon Province in the first half of 2010 and this marks a 5.8 percent rise. And of the 29.64 million people visiting Gangwon Province, 14 percent (4 million people) selected PyeongChang as their tourism destination.

PyeongChang is the most popular of the 18 districts within the Gangwon province and is the frontrunner for the increase of skiers and snowboarders visiting the area’s 10 ski resorts including the Alpensia Resort which opened in winter 2009. The Alpensia Resort is the heart of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic bid and will contain the main Olympic family hotel, Olympic Stadium, Olympic Village and numerous competition venues.

Just this past week the Alpensia Resort was fully opened and is celebrating the Great Mountains International Music Festival which being held at the Alpensia Concert Hall through August 10, 2010.

PyeongChang is in the bid race for the 2018 winter Games against Munich and Annecy, France. The final decision will be voted at the IOC session in Durban, South Africa next July 6, 2011 in less than a year.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympic bidding · Gangwon Province · Jong-hoo Kim

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