The Chinese New Year is almost upon us and some mainland tourists have headed to Japan to celebrate.
Over the last few days, Japanese airports have been jammed-pack with travelers arriving from the mainland for a week or so of vacationing in the Land of the Rising Sun. According to The Japan Times, Peach Aviation, a Japanese budget carrier, reports that their Shanghai to Osaka flights are nearly fully-booked through February 5th.
An estimated 6 million Chinese tourists are traveling abroad this Spring Festival. Japan is their second favorite destination behind only Thailand.
In recent years, more and more Chinese tourists have been visiting Japan, providing an important boost to the country’s economy. Last year, some 6.37 million Chinese tourists visited Japan, and China has become Japan’s largest source of foreign tourism.
However, one Japanese hotel chain may not profit from this influx of tourism. Earlier this week, China announced a boycott of APA, demanding that Chinese tourism operators sever ties with the hotel chain and Chinese tourists not stay at their hotels, following the group’s decision not to remove books denying the Nanjing Massacre from its rooms. Books that were written by the group’s CEO.
[Images via The Japan Times]
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