April 05, 2017 09:18
Korea's popularity as a travel destination among Chinese tourists has plummeted sharply amid an unofficial boycott over Seoul's decision to deploy a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery.
Korea came a poor 16th with a mere 1.4 percent in a survey of favored travel destinations by Ctrip, China's largest online travel agency. That was down a whopping 13 notches from third place last year, according to the Korea International Trade Association.
Japan and Thailand now top the list with more than 10 percent of respondents each. They also ranked first with the largest numbers of bookings for this year.
The U.K., France, Italy, and New Zealand were all in the top 10 amid growing interest in long-haul travel.
The China National Tourism Administration last month banned so-called zero-dollar shopping tours to Korea and prevented Chinese cruise liners from visiting Korean ports.
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