Tour agencies report few cancellations to S Korea

Tour agencies report few cancellations to S Korea

PETALING JAYA: Tour agencies here are reporting few cancellations of bookings to South Korea - but this may not have anything to do with the MERS-CoV outbreak.

Apple Vacations & Conventions Sdn Bhd senior manager Gwen Teng said July and August were normally the slow season for travelling because school holidays for Malaysia would have ended.

"People usually do not travel to South Korea in summer. It is hard to say whether there has been a decrease in the number of bookings due to the outbreak," said Teng.

Since Malaysians usually reserved tours only a month ahead, she said it was still too early to tell about the booking rates in October.

Teng advised travellers to South Korea to keep away from those who appeared unwell and take care of their personal hygiene as well as wear face masks in public.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents outbound division vice-president Mita Lim said he believed that the South Korean government was doing a good job in handling the spread of the disease.

"If it does not become more serious, traveller confidence will increase. I do not expect to see a reduction in bookings in the peak season, which begins in October," he said.

Charlie Chia, who works in AD Travel and has over 20 years of experience in the industry, said it was still quite safe to travel to South Korea.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

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