With the June vacations having kicked off, reports that the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) has struck the popular destination of South Korea has got some holidaymakers worried.
But, for now, they are still going ahead with their travel plans.
Travel agencies here said that some customers have asked how safe it is to visit South Korea. However, there have been no cancellations at big agencies such as Chan Brothers Travel and CTC Travel.
Over the last few days, both companies fielded some calls from customers travelling to South Korea.
Said Rebecca Chia, 24, marketing communications executive at Chan Brothers: "We remind our travellers to maintain vigilance and adopt health precautions such as avoiding close contact with people who are coughing. We are monitoring the situation closely."
Despite the growing concerns, demand for travel to South Korea has not been dampened yet. It is one of the top 10 destinations for many agencies here.
This month, Chan Brothers has several groups, of about 20 to 40 people each, departing for the country daily. Hong Thai Travel has around 500 customers going there this month, while CTC Travel has about 600.
This article was first published on June 3, 2015.
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