Tourists wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) look at a tour map of Seoul at Myeongdong shopping district, in central Seoul. Photo: Reuters

Chinese tourists stay away as South Korea struggles to recover from MERS crisis

The number of mainland Chinese - the biggest spending visitors - down 45 percent, while arrivals from Hong Kong drops 75 percent, new tourist data shows.

Topic |   Mers virus

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Tourists wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) look at a tour map of Seoul at Myeongdong shopping district, in central Seoul. Photo: Reuters
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