South Korean flag carrier canceled five direct services between Vladivostok and Seoul. Korean air was offering seven weekly flights between two cities. However, the airline decided to cancel five of them during the peak tourist season due to a drop in passenger traffic from both Russian and Korean sides. Since the introduction of visa-free regime between Russia and South Korea in early 2014, Primorye residents started to travel to Korea more frequently. However more and more people have been refusing to visit Korea due to MERS outbreak. According to Korean Tourist Organization, more than 95 thousand foreign visitors have already canceled their trips to the country.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.