Tourists from Middle Eastern countries spent the most during their visits to South Korea last year, government data showed Wednesday, amid growing demand for beauty and medical tourism.
According to a survey conducted by the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute, tourists from the Middle East spent $2,593 per capita, more than triple the average amount spent by Japanese travelers who spent an average $819.
|A Seoul department store is bustling with foreign tourists on Aug. 1, 2016. (Yonhap)|
The survey was conducted on 12,003 foreigners who visited South Korea last year, the institute said.
The per capita spending of Chinese nationals was the second largest with $2,059.
The average per capita spending of all foreigners stood at $1,625 last year, down slightly from $1,712 tallied the previous year. (Yonhap)