Ticket sales for Winter Olympics in South Korea are sluggish; tensions with North Korea temper interest

Near the end of December, some 655,000 tickets for the Winter Tournament in South Korea had been sold, according to the organizing committee’s official website Pyeongchang2 018. com .~ ATAGEND

That is 61 percent of the 1.07 million tickets that organizers had set as a target for the phenomenon, whose opening ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 9. Even the website acknowledged that the sales “had been sluggish.”

Near the end of 2017, exclusively 655,000 tickets to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang had been sold. Planned initially expected to sell 1.07 million for the February Olympic Games. ( AP)

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Speculation is that interest in attending the games has been affected by the tensions between South Korea and North koreans; the site of the Winter Olympics is a mere 50 miles from the demilitarized zone separating the two nations. What’s more, the remote urban city of Pyeongchang is not alluring sufficient to attract travelers, some in the tourism industry say.

I contemplate parties are too fear about North Korea, but to be honest[ Pyeongchang, South Korea] is not a great sightseer destination to begin with. You’ve got to be going because you want to see the Olympics.

– Brian Peters, CEO of Bucket List Events, Texas-based excursion busines

“I foresee parties are too horrific about North Korea, but to be honest it’s not a great sightseer destination to begin with, ” said Brian Peters, CEO of Bucket List Events, a Texas-based jaunt agency that offers sports-themed packets, told L.A. Biz. “I guess I should be adopting the opposite stance, but it’s really not a great sightseer end. You’ve got to be going because you want to see the Olympics.”

International Olympic Committee member Gian-Franco Kasper told a French media store that the tensions with North Korea are altering interest in attending.

“I will tell you the truth: I do not expect too many eyewitness at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, ” Kasper said. “The current government crisis in the region does not spur Europeans to travel to South Korea.”

Efforts to get a comment from the Olympic committee were unsuccessful.

A travel expert says the sluggish auctions are partly due to the site of the Games, which are in the more rural municipality of Pyeongchang. “I guess I should be advocating the opposite attitude, but it’s precisely not a great sightseer end. You’ve got to be going because you want to see the Olympics.” ( AP)

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South Korea has a lot journeying on the contest — not the least of which is an expectation that it will boost its economy, the fourth-largest in Asia.

Lee Hee-beom, the heads of state of South Korea’s Winter Games coordinating committee, said last year that the expectation was that hosting the contest would bring nearly $30 billion — through such things as tourism and interpretation — to the country over the next decade.

The head of South Korea’s Winter Games coordinating committee hoped the happening would bring nearly $30 billion — through such things as tourism and interpretation — to the country over the coming decade. ( Reuters)

Pyeongchang2 018. com described the Wintertime Competition as “a good chance to promote the country’s beautiful mountains, panoramic vistums and other tourism-related products.”

MyBucketListEvents.com says the total cost of “re going to the” Winter Competition for anywhere between 7 to 19 epoches is $4,895. The costs of a round trip flight to Seoul from the United States around the time of the Winter Recreation averages about $1,000, according to several hurtle websites.

A sample budget for the phenomenon in Money Magazine testified an estimated value of $4,683 that included $915 for a flight to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, $1,870 for a one-week hotel stay near the episode, $200 for a Pyeonchang Rail Pass from Seoul, and $1,548 for four ticket packages for alpine skiing, pairs illustration skating, rush skaing, a men’s hockey match and snowboarding.

Officials say there’s still meter for sale to pick up.

“All in all, they feel very confident and I’ve always said that we have to trust the Koreans, ” said Christophe Dubi, executive director of the Olympic Games, to USA Today. “They’ve ever said there would be a boom and a last-minute tide of sales.”

Elizabeth Llorente is Elderly Reporter for FoxNews.com, and can be reached at Elizabeth.Llorente @Foxnews. com. Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente .

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