Posted On 2014/07/01 By In China Domestic, China Inbound, News, Government With 489 Views

Beijing Tourism suffering from heavy Pollution

The number of overseas tourists visiting China’s capital fell by 10 per cent last year compared to 2012, state media reported, with air pollution blamed for the decline. The total number of foreign visitors arriving in Beijing during 2013 was 4.5 million, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Monday, citing official statistics.

The state-run China Daily reported last year that tourists had declined over the first half of 2013, the first such drop the capital – home to world-class sights such as the Forbidden City and Great Wall – had seen since 2008.

“Smoggy weather” contributed to the fall along with a sluggish global economy, Xinhua quoted the Beijing Tourism Society as saying.

The decline came despite a new policy allowing travellers from 45 countries to stop in the city for 72 hours visa-free, which was introduced last year. Beijing regularly sees hazardous air pollution, and levels of particulate matter rose to almost 40 times World Health Organization (WHO) limits during a heavy bout of smog last year, which attracted worldwide attention.


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The number of overseas tourists visiting China's capital fell by 10 per cent last year compared to 2012, state media reported, with air pollution blamed for the decline. The total number of foreign visitors arriving in Beijing during 2013 was 4.5 million, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Monday, citing official statistics. The state-run China Daily reported last year that tourists had declined over the first half of 2013, the first such drop the capital - home to world-class sights such as the Forbidden City and Great Wall - had seen since 2008. "Smoggy weather" contributed to the fall along with a sluggish global economy, Xinhua quoted the Beijing Tourism Society as saying. The decline came despite a new policy allowing travellers from 45 countries to stop in the city for 72 hours visa-free, which was introduced last year. Beijing regularly sees hazardous air pollution, and levels of particulate matter rose to almost 40 times World Health Organization (WHO) limits during a heavy bout of smog last year, which attracted worldwide attention. Learn more in our Global Ready China Seminars Sources: Article: Source / Image: Source Further Reading: Beijing's Cancer Rate spurs Pollution Fears @ Market Watch (2014)

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Stefan (from Austria, Europe) has been living, studying and working in China since 2010. Stefan has worked on several research, publication and consulting projects focusing on the China Travel Market. He holds two Masters degrees and is an expert on China Outbound Tourism, Marketing and Social Media in China. Stefan works with BMG on the Global Ready China Seminars as well as the Global Ready China News and related projects. He also has teaching engagements in the areas of eMarketing and Tourism Strategy.

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