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[Graphic News] Number of travel agencies dips 6% in 2 years amid pandemic

The number of travel agencies in South Korea has declined nearly 6 percent over the past two years in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, industry data showed.

There were 21,231 travel agencies in Asia’s fourth-largest economy as of end-September, down 6.1 percent from two years earlier, according to the data from the Korea Tourism Association.

The number fell to 21,540 a year earlier from 22,609 in September 2019 and continued to go south this year.

The decrease came as pandemic-induced border closures across the globe made overseas travel difficult, forcing many travel agencies to shut down. (Yonhap)

By Nam Kyung-don (