21 Aug 2007

US visa waivers could boost South Korean tourist numbers in Hawaii

2:48 pm on 21 August 2007

The number of South Koreans visiting Hawaii could soar under new United States legislation.

The legislation will combine an expanded visa waiver program with electronic tracking of traveller arrivals and departures in the U.S.

A tourism official, Marsha Wienert, has told the Honolulu Star they're optimistic that South Korea will become a visa waiver country by 2008.

The number of Korean visitors to Hawaii, which was as high as 123,000 in 1996, has been hovering around 35,000 a year, because of difficulties getting visas.