As the government evacuates thousands of Chinese from Vietnam following deadly anti-Chinese riots, Chinese tourism to the country is also taking a hit.
Both travelers and local travel agents appear to be taking heed of the Chinese government’s Sunday warning against travel to Vietnam, with many abandoning previous travel plans. Multiple airlines have also canceled flights.
Over the weekend, the official microblog of state news agency Xinhua reported that Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines was suspending all charter flights from Shanghai to Vietnam until June 19. Reached by phone, an employee at the Beijing office of Vietnam Airlines said the airline was canceling some of its regularly scheduled flights to Vietnam, as such bookings from China have dropped by up to 90% since the weekend. Neither airline could be reached for comment.
While Vietnam is often a connecting point for Chinese travelers going to Cambodia, Burma and other Asian countries, it hasn’t been as popular a vacation destination as countries such as Thailand and Mauritius. “There are many alternatives” for Chinese travelers, said Ge Lei, a marketing manager at China Youth Travel Services, one of China’s largest travel agencies, adding that the disruptions won’t cut too much into industry’s business.
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