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Tourists 'still going to China, S. Korea'

THERE has been no significant drop in the number of Singaporeans visiting South Korea or China, travel agents say - despite threats of nuclear war and a fresh outbreak of bird flu in the region.
The Straits Times - April 12, 2013
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Tourists 'still going to China, S. Korea'

THERE has been no significant drop in the number of Singaporeans visiting South Korea or China, travel agents say - despite threats of nuclear war and a fresh outbreak of bird flu in the region.

Although customers have called to inquire about the situation, tour companies say travellers are adopting a "wait and see approach" while some have even seen a rise in bookings to the area.

Sino-American Tours said this is because most Singaporeans believe the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would have released a travel advisory to dissuade travel if there was immediate danger.

It comes after a series of military provocations from North Korea while the number of people in China infected by H7N9 has risen to 21.

Ms Teo Sue-Lynn, a 25-year-old education therapist who has planned a holiday to South Korea in June, said: "I'm quite keen on going since air tickets have been booked. I would feel safe if I go now, since no travel advisory has been released."

Compared with last month, Hong Thai travel has seen a 10 to 20 per cent increase in tours to Japan, South Korea and China thanks to the cherry blossom season - although business for South Korea is starting to slow.

But there are still some who are worried about travelling to the region.

Student James Tan, 21, changed his plans, choosing not to go to South Korea.

He said: "After hearing about North Korean aggression from a friend, I decided to go to Hong Kong instead."

Japan appears to be the least affected of the region.

Chan Brothers Travel said it has not received any worried calls about tours to Japan, while ASA (Air Sino-Euro Associates) Travel has seen a 20 per cent year-on-year increase in bookings there - which it attributes to the weakening of the yen.

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