BUSAN, South Korea — This year a total of 160 cruise ships will visit Busan. As the number of foreign tourists visiting Busan by cruise ship increases, Busan City has prepared to make immigration inspection easier and support interpretation for the tourists.
This year, large international cruise ships (over 70,000 tons) will visit 41 times, middle-size ships (50,000 to 70,000 tons) 35 times and small ships (less than 45,000 tons) 20 times. Added to those totals are calls by extra-large cruise ships and Club Harmony, resulting in a total of 160 arrivals in Busan. The city is planning welcoming and farewell events and other offerings for passengers aboard these ships. For large ships and first-time ship arrivals, there will be special welcoming performances where passengers can enjoy Korean traditional cultural performances. Fireworks shows and fusion performances are being readied for tourists on honeymoon cruises.
Several conveniences will be offered so the tourists can enjoy their visits comfortably. There will be 402 City Tour Buddies and 116 tourism information helpers available for the tourists. A tourist information center will open at the dock, distributing tourism information and brochures helping with taxi reservations. The city will provide helpers so immigration inspections can be done on board, and interpreters fluent in Chinese will help out.
A free shuttle bus will operate from the International Ferry Terminal to Nampo-dong to give visitors a chance to look around the Busan Tourism Shopping Center in Yongdusan Park.
Source: Busan City News