Chinese skip New-Year trips to Japan
Wall Street Journal -- Feb 09
The number of Chinese tourists traveling to Japan over the Lunar New Year holiday are set to plummet more than 50% from a year earlier amid heightened territorial tension between the two countries.
A tiff over islands both nations claim further escalated this week with the Japanese accusing the Chinese military of twice locking weapons-guiding radar on its naval forces, an assertion that China denied on Friday.
This year, Thailand and South Korea have knocked Japan off the list as China's top international holiday market for the weeklong Lunar New Year break, according to Nasdaq-listed Ctrip.com, one of China's biggest online travel websites.
Tokyo-based Sogo World Travel Ltd., an inbound travel agent for which Chinese visitors account for around a third of business, is feeling the brunt of the travel downturn.
Company President Wang Yatnien said Friday the number of Chinese tourists Sogo World is arranging trips for this Lunar New Year has dropped 50% from a year earlier to around 2,000-3,000.
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