Written by Chelsea Kim. Posted in TouchUp Updates
Seoul TouchUp is now on Bloomberg Businessweek.
As mentioned in the article on Bloomberg Businessweek, more and more people are visiting South Korea for plastic surgery purposes. In 2009, a total number of 15,428 had came to Seoul, for the sole purpose of getting surgery done. To be more specific, a total of 649,938 procedures were done in 2011, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It comes as little surprise, now, when we hear that many make a beeline for the beauty belt of Korea where an amalgamation of clinics are at; they are mainly around subway stations in the up-scale neighbourhood of Gangnam.
As quoted from the article, " Plastic surgery trips cost an average of $14,000, including air fare and accommodations, according to Lee Joon, marketing director at Seoul TouchUp, a travel agency that books all-inclusive packages."
Beauty travel is expensive, that much is quite evident. In 2012, the South Korean medical tourism industry had a revenue of 487 billion won - according to the Korea Tourism Organization. Let's zoom back a bit and compare that to the revenue earned in 2009, and we see that the number has actually tripled. Perhaps not slowly, but surely, the popularity of South Korea as the destination for beauty purposes is continually increasing.
You can read more, here: Plastic Surgery Lifts South Korean Tourism - Businessweek