2017: record tourism deficit for South Korea
South Korea posted a record tourism deficit in 2017, due to both the plunge in Chinese tourism and the growing number of South Koreans traveling abroad. South Korean tourism revenue fell by 22.5 percent to $13.32 billion. South Korean tourism expenditure, however, rose by 14.3 percent to $27.07 billion.
Taiwan boosts efforts to attract Muslim tourists
While Chinese tourism to Taiwan is recovering, the Taiwanese tourism industry is hoping to draw more Muslim tourists to the island, mainly from Southeast Asian nations in a bid to diversify its tourism source markets. Efforts have included expanding halal food options. Taiwan attracted 30 percent more tourists from Southeast Asia in 2017.