Officials from Korea and China held talks
earlier today… with a focus on reviving Korea′s tourism industry which has taken
a major hit from the MERS outbreak. Culture minister Kim Jong－deok met with
with Li Jinzao，… chairman of the China National Tourism Administration in Beijing
on Tuesday. They reportedly agreed on boosting tourist
exchanges between the two countries. During their meeting， Kim also stressed
that Korea has not seen a new case of MERS for nine straight days，… adding that the
disease will likely taper to an end by next month.
As a first step，… Seoul will send a ″friendship″ committee… of 500 people，… representing
industries like travel， media and the arts，… to China next week.