China bans package tours to S. Korea in retaliation to THAAD


Our top story this morning… The Chinese government has instructed travel
agencies in the country to stop selling group travel packages to South Korea. This is seen as yet another retaliatory move
against Seoul’s decision to deploy THAAD, an advanced U.S. anti-missile defense system. Park Jong-hong starts us off. Under the measure, travel agencies are banned
from selling package tours or free trips to Chinese nationals wishing to visit South Korea. Industry sources say the China National Tourism
Administration called travel agencies in Beijing for a meeting on Thursday giving them direct
instructions to suspend sales of all travel packages, both online and offline. This is seen as another blatant move in protest
against Seoul’s decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defense system on the peninsula. In addition, the state-run agency told the
travel agencies to exhaust those packages that have already been sold by mid-March. Industry sources add the measure will likely
be expanded to travel agencies based in other cities. As a result, Chinese tourists would only be
able to travel to South Korea on individual trips, buying tickets and making reservations
on their own. This is expected to deal a direct blow to
South Korea’s tourism industry. Late last year, the Chinese government instructed
a reduction of 20 percent on the number of people going on group trips to South Korea
… one of the most popular tourist destinations for the Chinese. Park Jong-hong, Arirang News.

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