21 February 2020

Pollution chokes tourist numbers in Beijing, WSJ says

Beijing’s notorious pollution is deterring tourists, with the number of visitors to China’s capital roughly halving in the first three quarters of the year compared to the same time in 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, quoting a Beijing Youth Daily survey of domestic travel agents. The decline was steeper than in the first half of the year, when tourists to the city fell by only 14.3 percent year on year to 2.14 million, the report said, citing the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development. One of the main factors in the decline, according to the mainland newspaper: extreme air pollution in the first half of the year “hyped by foreign media”, the report said.

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