Fear driving Chinese travelers away from 2 of Asia’s most popular places


Fewer Chinese tourists are headed to Thailand over safety concerns, a new survey shows.

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Japan and Thailand are two of the most popular places to visit in Asia.

But both are losing ground with Chinese nationals as safety concerns rise among younger travelers.

Both countries were the top choices for Chinese holidaymakers earlier this year but fell in the third quarter — Thailand to No. 6 and Japan to No. 8 — according to the marketing company China Trading Desk, which gauges Chinese travel sentiment on a quarterly basis.

The release of treated radioactive wastewater from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean in August has significantly affected how Chinese people feel about traveling there, said Subramania Bhatt, CEO of China Trading Desk, the marketing agency behind the survey.

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