MERS in South Korea – a huge blow to Chinese travel agents

Published on : Saturday, June 6, 2015

Passengers wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) walk past a thermal imaging camera at Incheon International Airport in IncheonThe increasing number of MERS cases and deaths in South Korea is posing a huge threat to the travel agencies in China and other countries. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is forcing holidaymakers to change their travel plans and cancelling their trips to South Korea.



There are as many as 41 South Koreans who are found positive for MERS and the number of deaths increased to four on Friday according to the country’s Health Ministry.



China’s National Tourism Administration has not issued a travel warning yet, but the Foreign Ministry’s consular department has cautioned Chinese contemplating visits to South Korea to pay close attention.



The Republic of Korea’s Tourism Organisation said some 4,400 tourists from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan had cancelled their Korea trips as of Thursday. Experts predicted the number will continue to rise nationwide.

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