By Philippines News Agency
Bacolod City – About 5,000 college students from South Korea are arriving in this city this year to study English.
This was confirmed by the City Mayor’s Office on Tuesday after Executive Assistant Moises de la Cruz and City Tourism Officer Ma. Elma Gerasmo met with Korean businessmen Kim Dong A, Ryu Kang Jae, and Lee Kue Bong at the Bacolod City Government Center.
De la Cruz and Gerasmo were informed by the Korean group that they were facilitating the arrival of the students who would study English at Phil-Korea Educational Services Inc. in Bacolod.
Bacolod, which has several English language schools, recorded 9,610 tourists from South Korea last year. Koreans ranked second among the foreign tourist arrivals in the city.
In early 2016, chartered flights between Negros Occidental and South Korea arrived at Bacolod-Silay airport, bringing in 2,500 Korean tourists who infused about P97 million to the economy of Bacolod and Negros Occidental.
During the period, Philippine Airlines made 17 flights, with an average of 150 Koreans per flight.
According to the Department of Tourism Region 6, better connectivity between top destinations in Western Visayas and South Korea has resulted in more Korean arrivals in the region last year.
Koreans topped the list of foreign visitors in Western Visayas in 2016, with 357,362 arrivals out of the total 1.03 million foreigners who came to Region 6, including Negros Occidental.