3.5 Service Industry and Tourism
Geography of Korea: III. Production and Consumer Space > 5. Service Industry and Tourism
5. The Service and Tourism Industries: Producer Services Critical to Development, a Variety of Regional Festivals
The functions of the service industry are not only intimately connected to people’s daily lives, the industry is also important in that by stimulating economic activity it can also drive growth in other sectors like manufacturing. Leisure activities can serve as a respite from work and other social obligations and can take diverse forms—self-development, enjoying the beauty of nature, or taking in cultural events. With the rise of household incomes and the development of the country’s transportation infrastructure, there has been a concomitant growth in such leisure activity. Further, through the promotion of tourism and a focus on natural scenery, many rural areas are stimulating their local economies by attracting visitors from urban areas.