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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

hotels at APEC21 in Pusan

quoted from
Olympic dreams and love hotels at APEC
14 Nov 2005 08:54:35 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Jon Herskovitz PUSAN, South Korea, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Participants at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum had a chance to experience South Korean passion and spirits on Monday ahead of the arrival of leaders later in the week. Here are a few notes from the southeastern port of Pusan, which is hosting the summit: FEEL THE LOVE South Korea's second city, with a population of about 3.7 million, is awash with hotel rooms. But the five-star rooms go quickly in any city when leaders of 21 economies, foreign ministers and chief executives from some of the world's richest companies -- along with all of their related staff -- turn up at the same time. As a result, media groups and other APEC participants are staying in places euphemistically called "love hotels" where couples can rent rooms by the hour. Pusan's love hotels have spruced up their rooms, covered mirrors on the ceilings and put their cleanest sheets on round beds for a new sort of clientele. News agency journalists found their pink-lit rooms to be spacious and clean, but lacking some amenities. Since typical customers do not usually worry about unpacking, the rooms come with no closets and only two hangers. There are no exact figures for the number of love hotels in Pusan because they are not registered as such, but a city official estimated that about 30 percent rent rooms by the hour.
Is it true? Where is South Korean's prestige?
I think South Korea should not do that. Foreign presses may be going to write a report of LOVE HOTELS ;-P


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