The city of Pyeongchang in South Korea will be home to the 2018 Winter Olympics. South Korea had hoped that by hosting the Olympics there that they would bring an influx of foreign visitors and drastically boost the local economy. Unfortunately, though, ticket sales to the 2018 Winter Olympics have not been as high as the South Koreans had initially projected.
They aimed to become the new hub of the Olympics in Asia but because of various security issues, people aren’t as enthusiastic about attending the games. The most predominant reason for people refraining from ticket purchases stems from the concern that North Korea poses. The North Korean border is about 60 miles away from Pyeongchang.
Tensions have been high between North Korea and the rest of the world. France’s sports minister even said that France would not compete in the Olympics if security cannot be assured. Even people who live relatively close to the city of Pyeongchang aren’t making the ticket purchases that were expected. This may be because of security concerns also, but other sources say that people may just not be buying these tickets because South Korea is not really a popular tourist destination to begin with.
Currently, 586,400 tickets have been sold. This is 55% of the sales target for tickets. The sales are gradually increasing though, as only 31% of sales were recorded on November 1st. So, who’s to say that the tickets won’t eventually all sell out? Regardless, there appears to be a bit less enthusiasm towards traveling to South Korea to watch the games than there have been for foreigners to purchase tickets to the Winter Olympics hosted in other countries.