The Republic of Korea (RoK) General Department of Tourism in conjunction with travel agencies in Hanoi organised a tourism promotion programme in Hanoi on July 21 as part of efforts to increase the number of tourists to the RoK after the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) ravaged the country.

According to representatives from the General Department, the RoK is an attractive destination for Vietnamese travellers. However, after the MERS-CoV outbreak in the country, the number of Vietnamese visitors to the RoK dropped remarkably. In June alone, the figure reduced about 19 percent.

The department has set a target of attracting about 200,000 Vietnamese visitors in 2015.

No MERS-CoV new infections or fatalities were reported in the RoK during the last 20 days, the department said, adding that the RoK government plans to officially announce the disease’s eradication in the country.

Representatives from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said the RoK has made every effort to draw arrivals to the country such as providing free entry to a number of tourism sites and applying insurance for international tourists visiting the RoK during the period from the end of June to the end of September.

A tourism promotion programme was also launched from July 10 to September 21 to encourage visitors to visit the RoK this summer.

Travel agencies in Hanoi are running promotional programmes to attract tourists to the RoK.

The number of visitors registering for tours to the RoK surpassed his company’s expectation after the launch of a tour featuring watching K-pop shows, according to Deputy General Director of Hanoi RedTours Nguyen Cong Hoan.

Kang Sungghil, Chief representative of the RoK General Department of Tourism in Vietnam said he believes that after MERS-CoV, the flow of Vietnamese arrivals to his country will recover.-VNA