Korea′s tourism industry has lost billions
of dollars in revenue over the past few months because the recent outbreak of Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome. The Korea Culture and Tourism Institute says
the number of foreign tourists who visited Korea from June to September was one－point－five
million lower this year than the same period last year.
Also， from July to August， accommodation and tourist attractions saw an 80－percent
on－year drop in guests and visitors. Given that the average tourist spends twelve－hundred
U.S. dollars during their stay，…. the institute says the nation′s tourism sector
suffered losses of between two－point－five to three－point－one billion dollars as
a result of the MERS outbreak. The outbreak，… that began in May，…
infected more than one－hundred－80 people and killed 37… before it was brought under
de facto control in late July.