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Rules for Jeju transit visas eased
International air passengers coming to the island via Incheon International Airport will soon no longer need visas. The new regulations will go into effect on July 15, and affect nationals of 78 countries including Laos and Cambodia from which transit visas to come to Jeju for conferences, exhibitions, diplomatic visits and investment were required.

The change was made in response to making Jeju a business-friendly international city. Currently, passport holders from about 190 countries can stay in Jeju for as long as 90 days, visa free. Visa requirements will be further eased to include travelers arriving via the airports in either Incheon or Gimpo beginning later this month.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to visit Jeju for August Jeju Peace Forum
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN is expected to attend the 5th Jeju Peace Forum which will be held at the Haevichi Hotel and Resort Aug. 11 - 13. He will deliver a keynote speech at the forum.

The main theme of the 5th Jeju Peace Forum is “Shaping New Regional Governance in East Asia: A Common Vision for Mutual Benefits and Common Prosperity. This year’s forum is expected to bring together 40 dignitaries from Korea and abroad to review prospects for peace, stability, and prosperity heading into the 21st century.

The Jeju Peace Institute (JPI) in affiliation with the International Peace Foundation organizes the internationally recognized peace event. The Jeju Peace Forum is a biennial conference begun in 2001.

‘Film Tourism Resort Town’ to be built in Wimee-ri, Seogwipo
The film industry will soon be placed into the context of tourism on Jeju island. Jeju provincial government announced on June 24 that Hidden Port Corporation, a Korean tourism development company, signed agreements to establish the Film Tourism Resort Town with 117.6 billion won worth of investment.

The complex is slated for completion in 2013. The town will have a museum, filming centers, drama exhibition halls, and other resort facilities. The project seeks to stimulate the local economy by creating jobs and attracting more visitors to Jeju, which is becoming increasingly popular as a shooting location for movies and dramas.

Jeju is home to nearly 7,000 foreign residents
The identity of Jeju island has increasingly become complex and diverse in recent years. According to the latest survey, 6,941 foreign residents from 44 different countries currently live on Jeju Island. That constitutes about 1.2 percent of the total population of Jeju island. It is a sharp 23 percent increase compared to last year, fueled by an influx of migrant workers and foreign spouses of Koreans, Jeju’s two largest groups of foreign residents.

The survey found that Jeju now has 2,522 Chinese, accounting for 45 percent of foreign residents living on the island, 608 Vietnamese, 408 Americans, 402 Indonesians, 314 Taiwanese, 279 Filipinos, 221 Mongolians, 180 Thais, and 176 Japanese.

U.K. girls’ school confirmed for Jeju education city
The prestigious British school NLCS (North London Collegiate School) has confirmed it will open a branch on Jeju island. To further discuss issues needed for the establishment of the school, three school staff including Jason Morrow, a vice-principal of the school, visited Jeju from July 8-11.

The 50,000-square-meter campus will offer elementary school grades 4-6 programs, as well as secondary school courses, and admit some 900 female students. This is part of a series of Jeju Global Education City projects initiated by the Jeju Free International Development Center (JDC) in an effort to turn the island into an education hub in Asia. Jeju provincial government signed a memorandum of understanding with the NLCS in April and broke ground on June 17. The school is scheduled to open in March 2011.

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