As of August 26 attendance at its three South Korean Seven Luck foreigners-exclusive casinos exceeded one million, according to an announcement yesterday by Grand Korea Leisure Co., Ltd. (GLK).

While visitor numbers increased from January to May, Seven Luck casinos experienced a substantial decrease in foreign visitors, from 3,200 in June dropping to 2,500 in July, after Korea confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), according to information obtained from BusinessKorea. The recovery has been speedy in August however, with a 3,500 average daily guest count on the heels of the  government’s July affirmation of an end to the outbreak.

Visitor increases of approximately 12 percent on the year have been attributed to business from general customers replacing VIP visitation.

GLK, a subsidiary of Korea Tourism Organization, CEO Lim, Byeong-Soo said, “Unlike other casinos, Seven Luck has been trying to become a leisure place for not only VIP customers but also general travelers as public casinos. Despite numerous unfavorable factors this year, we could maintain sales performance and achieve the 1 million mark in terms of attendance early. This would be a result of our steady efforts to provide the best environment and services to customers,” as accessed from BusinessKorea.

Seven Luck’s South Korea branches include, Seoul Gangnam Branch, Millennium Seoul Hilton and Busan Lotte.