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Increase in Aussie travellers heading to North Korea

February 12, 2018 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

With more than 200,000 visitors expected in PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics, which kick off today, new data from Allianz Global Assistance reveals that:

  • Since 2015, there has been a staggering 286 percent increase in Aussies taking out travel policies to visit North Korea and a 213 percent increase for South Korea, suggesting that Australian travellers are increasingly favouring an unusual travel itinerary.
  • Whilst more Aussie travellers visit the likes of tourist hotspots, Japan, France, Spain and Thailand, and whose countries have also increased in popularity over the last three years with more policies being taken out year on year, it’s nothing to the extent of the soaring rise of interest Korea has seen:
    • Japan (195 percent increase)
    • Spain (160 percent increase)
    • Thailand (146 percent increase)
    • France (103 percent increase)

Brad Smith, Chief Sales Officer, Allianz Global Assistance says, “Korea is an exciting and exotic destination, however, with the current economic climate we urge all travellers to take extra precaution and read up on the country’s laws and regulations before departure and always check the most up to date advice on the Australian Government Smart traveller website. It’s especially important that once a customer has purchased travel insurance cover, they read their policy ahead of time to understand what they are and are not covered for. If unsure, we suggest that travellers call their travel insurance provider to discuss.”

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