China resumes group tours to 78 more nations and regions, including Japan

TOKYO, Aug 10 (NHK) - The Chinese government has allowed the resumption of group tours by its citizens to 78 more countries and regions. The destinations include Japan, South Korea, India, the United States, Australia, Britain and Germany.

China announced the lifting of the ban on Thursday. It had been imposed from January 2020 to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

China began resuming group tours to overseas destinations in stages starting in February this year.

Chinese citizens can now go on group tours to a total of 138 countries and regions.

The number of Chinese travelers to Japan had plunged since the Chinese government adopted a strict zero-COVID policy in 2020.

But from around this spring, the number of individual Chinese travelers has been on a rising trend.

The resumption of group tours to Japan after three and a half years is expected to lead to a jump in Chinese travelers to the country.

The Japan National Tourism Organization says that about 9.59 million Chinese tourists visited Japan in 2019, before the pandemic. They accounted for 30 percent -- the largest portion -- of the overall number of inbound travelers.

Aug 10 (テレ東BIZ) - 中国政府は、中国人の日本への団体旅行を3年半ぶりに解禁すると発表しました。  ...continue reading