MERS Outbreaks Takes Toll On Tourism In South Korea

The MERS outbreak in South Korea may be settling down.

But the tourism industry there is taking a big hit.

More than 100-thousand people canceled their trip to the country.

When compared to last year, it works out to a 40-percent decrease.

The current outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome is blamed for at least 23 deaths in the country.

But one expert said the outbreak will soon be in the past and the country is now looking ahead to the future.

"At the end of this month or the beginning of next month, we are going to announce the end of the MERS outbreak. And we can expect that, we discussed with expert of tourism, they expect, almost 80 percent recovery.”

He added the country has lost about 590-million dollars in its tourism industry.