Latest News:  
Beijing   Light rain/Light to moderate rain    25 / 19 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Travel

Tourists ask to cancel tours to Japan

(Shanghai Daily)

16:03, September 12, 2012

Some Chinese tourists are canceling tours to Japan after hearing news of the Japanese government "purchase" of Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, two Shanghai travel agencies said yesterday.

"There are some local tourists who said they want to cancel their tours to Japan and some are consulting us out of safety concerns," Liu Xin, deputy general manager of the Shanghai China CYTS Outbound Travel Service Co Ltd, said.

Liu said the agency was waiting to see if there would be a notification from tourism authorities.

The Shanghai branch of the China International Travel Service also said they received some requests from local tourists about canceling their trips.

Last year, more than 100,000 tourists from Shanghai went to Japan on organized package holidays.

Meanwhile, two floats representing Japan will be absent from this year's parade on the opening night of the Shanghai Tourism Festival due to the Diaoyu Islands dispute, the city's tourism bureau said yesterday.

"It is not proper to organize the float parade because of the current political situation," Dao Shuming, the bureau's director, said at a press conference in response to a Japanese reporter's question about the influence of current Sino-Japanese ties on tourism.

The two floats, presented by the city of Osaka and Kagawa Prefecture, were due to parade around the city along with another 21 floats from Saturday, the opening day of the festival, to October 6, according to the bureau's original plan.

In another fallout from the dispute, the annual Shanghai marathon, due to take place in December, will no longer be using the name of a Japanese sponsor in its title, Shanghai Sports Bureau announced yesterday.

"The Japanese enterprise-titled Shanghai international marathon is no longer suitable to be launched because of the Japanese government's position on the Diaoyu Islands," the bureau said. "But as a famous sports event of Shanghai, the 2012 Shanghai International Marathon will be held on time and enrollment should be kicked off soon."

The marathon, formerly the Toray Shanghai International Marathon, has been held since 1996.

Recommendations:
News we recommend

Behind the beauty contests

Travel in China

Sports

Traditional Beijing snacks you must not miss

17fairylands you must go in your life

Sweet drinks may cause seven diseases

Tips for 'White Dews'

Entering China's northernmost village

Scientists reveal ‘the last meal’ of feathered dinosaur '

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:叶欣、姚春)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Ground air defense forces conduct live-fire drill

  2. 9/11, return to where nightmare started

  3. Chinese firms ramp up presence in Thailand

  4. The Peacock and Peacock princess Yang Liping

  5. Kelly Brook Calendar 2013

  6. How to Photograph Fall Colors

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Commentary: Asia-Pacific integration
  2. Japan shouldn't underrate Diaoyu issue's severity
  3. Discard illusion of friendly ties with Japan
  4. Commentary: EU needs to think big, like APEC
  5. Green economy should not be used as political card
  6. Hongkongers remain confused over identity
  7. 9/11 attack spurred mistaken wartime strategy
  8. Japan lost at sea among shifting priorities
  9. Regaining Diaoyu needs long-term efforts
  10. Expert: China needs more elite servicemen

What's happening in China

China provides weather forecast for Diaoyu Islands

  1. Moms in donation trade to save each other's tots
  2. Flights beef up security staff after episodes
  3. Awards to sperm donors raised to increase supply
  4. Chinese mainland free of disease likened to AIDS
  5. China staffing more villages with college grads

China Features

  1. Kim Jong Un, wife inspect Pyongyang Folk Park
  2. China forecasts weather on Diaoyu Islands
  3. PD: APEC members should promote free trade
  4. Miss World Eco-tourism 2012 crowned in Nanjing
  5. 'Voyager of the Seas' sets sail from Tianjin

PD Online Data

  1. Ministry of Water Resources
  2. Ministry of Railways
  3. People's Bank of China
  4. Ministry of Health
  5. Ministry of Culture