We had been walking through Seoul for hours in the thick July heat. At least it wasn’t raining. More than one travel website had warned: Avoid South Korea in July. Rainy season. But rain hadn’t materialised.
While total arrivals continue to increase, agents say they are seeing a downturn in tour bookings.
Driving toward my destination in the mountains, I turned down the car stereo to listen to the sounds of birds singing all around. I was headed to Sandankyo Gorge, a scenic spot in Akiota, Japan. The beautiful 16-kilometre ravine, part of Nishi Chugoku Sanchi Quasi National Park, was awarded three stars by the major French travel book series Blue Guide in February.
Last week academics from around the world descended on Lombok, the Indonesian island known for palm-fringed and coral-ringed beaches and world-class surf, for the International Geographical Union conference on sustainable tourism.