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China's Tourism Plummets Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jan 12, 2014, 11:12 PM

BEIJING: China's Central Government has handed out hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to State-owned English language media outlets to market a global tourism campaign for the country. However, Chinese tourism continues to drop significantly.

China Radio International reports that, "Beijing witnessed an unexpected sharp drop in inbound tourism in 2013, as tourism officials looked for ways to reverse the trend. From January to November, the city recorded 4.2 million visitors, down 10.3 percent year-on-year, the Beijing Tourism Development Commission reported."

Southeast Asia has proven to become more popular with foreign tourists.

According to China Radio International, "The commission blamed the weak global economy and a strong yuan, as well as the city's ongoing pollution problems. The effect of a 72-hour visa waiver for transit passengers also failed to meet expectations, industry insiders said."

Air China has failed to deliver discount plane ticket prices for foreigners.

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