Sales At Duty Free Shops Inch Up

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Sales at Duty-Free Shops Inch up

Sales at duty-free shops showed signs of recovery after the drop of Chinese travelers followed by China's unofficial boycott over the stationing of a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here.

According to the Korea Duty-Free Shops Association, duty-free shops saw an increase in sales from foreign travelers, reaching US$656 million in May, up 11 percent from the previous month.

The number of foreign shoppers also slightly increased to 1.02 million from 998,000.

Duty-free stores had seen a steady rise in sales until February with their monthly total sales reaching $883 million, but sales dwindled drastically in March and April amid the THAAD spat.

Dark Times for Duty-Free Shops as Chinese Stay Away
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Dark Times for Duty-Free Shops as Chinese Stay Away

Duty-free shops are likely to see their annual sales drop for the first time in 14 years amid an unofficial Chinese boycott.

Last year's sales totaled at W12.27 trillion, but this year's are projected to plunge 14 percent to W10.5 trillion (US$1=W1,129).

Duty-free sales dropped four percent in 2003 amid the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome scare but have been growing ever since. They weathered later problems like North Korea's nuclear tests and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome scare with ease.

Song Joong Ki Celebrated Doota Duty Free's First Anniversary With His Fans
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Song Joong Ki Celebrated Doota Duty Free's First Anniversary With His Fans

Song Joong Ki is the official model of Duty Free brand and recently he was celebrating its first anniversary with his Korean and overseas fans. He did some games and took pictures with his fans and it was like an intimate mini fan meeting for both Song Joong Ki and his fans.

In celebrating Doota Duty Free's first anniversary, the actor cut the cake and he took a picture with his fans. It was not only for one picture, but Song Joong Ki also took several group photos with his fans. The actor also revealed his schedule of his next project and he interacted with fans through games and some other activities, Hello KPopreported.

For Every DIA Fan In Korea Burger King Is Free Right Now
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For Every DIA Fan In Korea Burger King Is Free Right Now

DIA is collaborating with Burger King, Naver Music, and Melon Music to give away 22,000 Bulgogi Burger meals to fans who download their new song.

DIA will be releasing their second studio album YOLO on April 19, and as an event for their upcoming comeback. Fans who download their title song Wanna Date Me? on either Naver or Melon will be placed in a raffle to win a Bulgogi burger meal coupon from Burger King.

The poster for DIAs Burger King event.

[Hot Takes from the Noonas] Lee Min-ho will start army duty on May 12
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[Hot Takes from the Noonas] Lee Min-ho will start army duty on May 12

Lee Min-ho's agency has revealed that the actor will start serving as a public service officer at Gangnam District Office soon. Korean netizens are supportive of the move.

Normally, Koreans have been critical of celebrities who have chosen to enlist as public service officers rather than as active duty soldiers. In the case of Lee Min-ho, his history of car accidents, one in 2006 and another in 2011, have made the decision understandable. Fellow actor, Jeong Il-woo was also injured in the 2006 car accident, and enlisted as a public service worker in December 2016.