Taiwanese tourists yearning for a foreign trip have bought tickets to attend the one-time event flying over the beautiful southern Korean resort island of Jeju. All tickets were sold out in four minutes after going on sale on September 11.
The event was organized by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), the state-owned tourism promotion agency, Taiwanese travel agency Ezfly and Tigerair, a low-cost Taiwan airline (LCC). A plane carrying 120 Taiwanese tourists, who paid $68.8 for the trip, took off from Taipei on September 19 and return home after circling the island without landing.
In a survey of 518 Taiwanese, KTO found that 82% have a desire to "travel abroad" while 71% choose South Korea as the country they want to visit most. Flights between Jeju and Taiwan were restricted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When travel restrictions are relaxed, ticket buyers can reserve their accommodations in Jeju.