Cruise tourists visiting Busan have dropped sharply for the second consecutive year.
The Busan Port Authority said that there were 84 cruise ships and nearly 143,000 passengers that visited Busan this year.
It decreased by 24 cruises and by more than 30,000 people from last year’s 108 vessels that brought some 173,000 tourists.
The numbers have reduced by a fourth since the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system which put pressure on relations with China.
In 2016, there were about 573,000 people who came to Busan on 209 cruise ships.
In March of last year, China banned its citizens from taking group tours to South Korea on cruise ships in retaliation to Korea’s THAAD policy.
As a result, 125 cruise lines from China canceled their stops to Busan port last year and have continued to cancel their trips this year as well.