South Korea is going to make a special effort to woo the tourists from its closer neighboring countries like China and Japan. In the new year onwards, hoping the visitor tally to the nation to reach 8.5 million, Yonhap News reported .
The period starting from this year to 2012 is designated as "Visit Korea" years, intended to attract more foreign tourists as part of efforts to bolster the service industry.
The government also designated Hallyu (Korean Wave) star Bae Yong-jun as the Promotional Ambassador, who is widely popular in Japan and China.
Last year, around 7 million foreigners toured South Korea, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Corp.