Lotte Tour Development, the owner of Jeju Dream Tower, announced Monday that monthly visitation through the first 28 days of the month had reached 12,152 – surpassing 10,000 monthly visitors for the first time and almost tripling the 4,397 who visited in November 2021.
The new record comes amid South Korea’s ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, with air passenger movements in and of the country doubling from Q2 to Q3. Lotte Tour also revealed it has welcomed 16,236 hotel guest nights this month, up from 3,792 a year earlier.
The increase in visitation has been aided by the company’s own efforts to fly in international VIPs by charter, which including regular flights to and from Japan and Hong Kong.
According to Korea’s The Economist, Tiger Airways has also begun operating a direct route between Jeju and Taiwan three times a week as of last Friday, which will increase to four times a week in early January, while HK Express will start direct flights to and from Hong Kong four times a week as of 22 January 2023. Flights between Osaka and Jeju are already operating daily and between Tokyo and Jeju four times a week.
“The atmosphere of the venue is showing a completely different look than before as direct flights to Japan are open following [the same for] Singapore, and private charter flights are being operated one after another to attract Hong Kong casino VIPs,” a Lotte Tour representative said.
The tallest building in Jeju at 38 floors or 169 meters high, Jeju Dream Tower features a retail mall, 14 restaurants and bars, an outdoor pool deck, top floor skydeck with lounge, two spas and a casino boasting 150 tables and 300 slot machines.
The casino itself, relocated in June last year from its former home at the much smaller Lotte Hotel Jeju, covers more than 5,000 square meters and offers 141 gaming tables, 190 slot machines and 71 electronic table games.