[Travel Bits]

By Park Hyung-ki
  • Published : Aug 21, 2015 - 12:28
  • Updated : Aug 21, 2015 - 12:36
Ride bikes in Chuncheon

The Korea Tourism Organization will be expanding its bicycle riding tour program in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, in an effort to boost tourism in the region in the aftermath of the Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak.

It recently launched a pilot program enabling tourists to travel to Chuncheon from Yongsan Station via train and ride their bikes on a 30-kilometer course, and visit various attractions such as an animation museum.

Some 70 people participated in the biking program that also included water sports such as canoeing on Chuncheon’s Mulle-gil lake and river to enjoy the region’s scenery.

The state-run tourism agency said it would offer the program for families, friends and students every month until November.

Enjoy beautiful scenery of Jejudo 

Kensington Jeju Hotel will be offering the Autumn Scent Package enabling guests to enjoy Jejudo Island’s beautiful autumn scenery and wine.

The package, which will be available from Sept. 8-Nov. 30, invites guests to Jejudo’s hills and fields filled with silver grass, alongside the Olle trails, the island’s well-known hiking course.

The hotel’s package includes a night in an autumnal brown-decorated Deluxe Room and a choice of breakfast from the well-known world cuisine buffet La Olle or Korean restaurant Dolmirong, and the wine party with the live performance of Italian operatic pop band Aida Duo.

Those who book more than two nights will have an additional chance to enjoy the Autumn Scent Tracking with the guidance of the hotel’s activity team, Kensington + Genie.

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Tuna Festival to kick off in Philippines 

The Philippine Department of Tourism said the Tuna Festival will be held at General Santos, in the southernmost end of the Philippines, on Sept. 5.

Some 500 people of the Philippine fishing industries will gather to discuss the industry’s current position and future development direction.

People attending the Tuna Festival will have the opportunity to experience a tuna dish competition, various tuna dishes, and the Tuna Float Parade with colorful attractions and street dancing.

General Santos which is also known as ‘The Tuna Capital of the Philippines’ is the largest producer of sashimi-grade tuna in the Philippines. Most of the sashimi-grade tuna tasted in the Philippines is distributed by General Santos. General Santos’ highest-grade type tuna runs for an average of 8,000 won-13,000 won.