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Reporter : Jun Ji-hye
Tue, January 31, 2023 | 22:25
Controversy growing over government's review of 'vaccine pass'
The government's move to adopt a so-called “vaccine pass," which would restrict the access of unvaccinated people to multiuse facilities, has been hit with a flurry of criticism. Critics claim the policy would excessively restrict personal rights and discriminate against those who have been unable to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots due to health problems or other reasons.
Online training for travel agents to offer useful information about Philippines
The Philippine Department of Tourism Korea (PDOT Korea) has launched an online training program called the “Philippine Specialist Program” (PSP) designed to provide travel agents in Korea with systematic and professional knowledge about the Southeast Asian country.
Luxury hotels shifting focus to eco-friendly services
An increasing number of luxury hotels here have been adopting eco-friendly policies in line with the rising trend in environmental, social and governance (ESG) management. Their moves are also aimed at attracting the MZ generation - a Korean term referring to millennials and Generation Z born between the 1980s and the 2010s - that has emerged as one of the major consumer segm...
Health authorities alarmed by COVID-19 spike among foreign residents
Health authorities here are paying keen attention to a recent spike in COVID-19 infections among foreign residents amid no sign of a slowdown of the latest wave of the pandemic. Concerns are being raised because the infection rate per 100,000 foreign residents has been nine times higher than the rate per 100,000 Korean nationals over the past week, while the vaccination rate ...
9 out of 10 Koreans believe ending COVID-19 impossible
Nine in 10 Korean people believe that ending the COVID-19 pandemic is impossible and that people will need to get further shots against the coronavirus every year as they already do to cope with seasonal flu, according to the latest survey released by the National Medical Center (NMC), Monday. The public hospital said it had commissioned Gallup Korea to carry out the survey o...
Liability agreement found to violate students' human rights
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) has concluded that Sogang University violated the human rights of its students by trying to get them to accept civil and criminal liability if they became infected with COVID-19.
'Squid Game' pop-up set in Itaewon closes due to virus concerns
A pop-up replica set of Netflix's original Korean series “Squid Game,” which was set up at Itaewon Station in central Seoul, closed down earlier than scheduled due to mounting concerns over a spike in COVID-19 infections here.
Calls growing against apartment construction near Joseon-era royal tomb
Voices are being raised over the construction of three apartment complexes located near a royal tomb dating back to the 17th century, over concerns that the construction will seriously harm the historic site's value as a cultural asset. In a petition posted on the Cheong Wa Dae website, the petitioner claimed that the apartment complexes, whose construction is scheduled to be...
Gov't reconsiders 2nd Jeju airport project
The government has taken a step backward in its plan to build a new international airport on the southern island of Jeju, saying that additional reviews of environment and safety issues are needed before the project can proceed.
Jeju authorities on alert over increased tourist numbers during Chuseok holiday
Authorities on Jeju Island are staying vigilant over inflow of tourists as well as those visiting families to the resort island during the Chuseok holiday that begins Saturday through Wednesday.
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