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Plunging Chinese tourist arrivals worry Asia as virus crisis continues

02/10/2020| 9:19:05 PM|

A downturn in Chinese tourist arrivals will hit many people hard.

Asian nations have profited handsomely from the impressive growth in tourists from China over the past decade, but the specter of a rapidly spreading virus has raised concerns over industry prospects. Tourism is a major source of national revenue for many countries, and Chinese visitors now generally top the charts in terms of numbers and spending.

A downturn will hit many people hard. 

Thailand will lose $9.7 billion in tourism income from Chinese travelers. Japan held the runner-up position to Thailand last year in hosting Chinese travelers, with 9.6 million making up about a third of foreign arrivals. 

Last year, about 6 million Chinese visited South Korea, making China its biggest source of foreign tourists, according to the state-run Korea Tourism Organization. In recent days, major shopping districts and other spots in the capital Seoul popular with Chinese tourists were relatively quiet.

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TAGS: Asia | outbound travel | China
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