Home > News > Regional
Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 7:47:00 AM
BEIJING: The number of overseas tourists visiting China’s capital fell by 10% 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 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. — AFP
Tags / Keywords:
China climate negotiator laments 'severe' pollution
Air pollution hits unhealthy levels
Pollution shrouds Tibetan capital, grounding flights
MH370, Thai crisis hit Singapore tourism trade
High-tech tourism centre allows people to sample the world
Easy way to pick up missed parcels
Pakistan mourns for 148
Ahok sends 30 for umrah
Alarm over fin-ishing business
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Rising recording star Charli XCX finds a spot in the ‘pop circus’
Moscow hotel goes halal in bid to woo Muslim visitors
Khan donates 30,000 pounds shorts to Peshawar school
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)