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Reporter : Jun Ji-hye
Thu, February 9, 2023 | 08:18
The Mariana Islands extends travel bubble benefits with Korea through December
The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) Board of Directors has decided to extend subsidies and benefits given to travel companies and tourists participating in the travel bubble program with Korea until the end of December, in a bid to attract more visitors from Korea.
Protest against 'fake news' bill
Yoon Chang-hyun, head of the National Union of Media Workers, speaks in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, Tuesday, during a protest against the ruling Democratic Party of Korea's move to pass a controversial media bill aimed at sharply increasing punishment for what it calls “fake news.” The ruling party, which holds a majority of Assembly seats, is moving ...
Country to put carbon-neutrality into law
Korea will become the 14th country that cements its goal of achieving carbon neutrality into law, once a bill aimed at cutting emissions in 2030 by 35 percent or more from 2018 levels is passed at the National Assembly's plenary session, scheduled for Wednesday, Environment Minister Han Jeoung-ae said Tuesday. Minister Han said during a media conference, that through the pass...
Vaccination phishing scams increasing
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) has warned against an increase in financial scams in which swindlers send text messages containing web links to fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates, with the intention to acquire passwords and other personal information of victims. Bae Gyung-taek, a senior KDCA official, said during a media briefing, Monday, that the a...
Vaccine incentives cause confusion
The government's vaccine incentives, including allowing private gatherings of up to four people at restaurants and cafes after 6 p.m. if two are fully vaccinated, are causing confusion and complaints, as the incentives are applied only to gatherings at such locations but excluding gatherings at home. Controversy is growing as the incentives are putting people into ironic situ...
Multicultural children's basketball team on verge of being disbanded
The country's one and only basketball team comprised of children from multicultural families is on the verge of being disbanded, due to the financial difficulties of its only corporate sponsor. HanaTour, the nation's largest tour agency, had been sponsoring the Global Friends basketball team for about a decade, but had to suspend its support due to its worsening financial sit...
Tourism companies, vacationers in Jeju experience confusion amid tougher antivirus measures
Hotels, car rental companies and golf course operators on Jeju Island have been receiving increasing inquiries from customers about changing or cancelling their reservations, after the highest-level social distancing rules aimed at curbing COVID-19 infections were applied to the southern resort island earlier this week.
Healthcare workers poised to begin strike amid prolonged pandemic
Nurses and other healthcare workers across the nation are warning of going on strike early next month, calling for expanded public health services and infrastructure as well as improved working conditions. The warning comes as they have been struggling with burnout and fatigue due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic that has lasted for more than a year and a half since the cou...
New COVID-19 variants threaten Korea
The health authorities here are on alert over the new Delta plus variant of the coronavirus, as the country reported one more case of the variant, bringing the total caseload to three. The Delta plus variant is related to the highly contagious Delta variant, already causing much concern, after it was first identified in India. The Delta variant has recently become the dominan...
People looking for travel companions online despite Delta variant spread
These days, it is not hard to come across online posts from young people looking for travel companions during their summer vacations, as well as during the upcoming Chuseok holiday, despite mounting concern over the ongoing fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, led by the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. Those uploading such posts ask complete strangers onl...
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