More than 3,400 Japanese have canceled trips to China since violent anti-Japan protests erupted in that country, according to data from eight major travel agencies released Thursday.
JTB Corp., the nation’s largest travel agency, said its cancellations totaled 590 as of Tuesday.
Tokyu Tourist Corp. said that it took reservations for trips to China from about 4,000 people in April and May, but about 1,000 of them have since canceled their plans.
New bookings to China have also decreased sharply.
In one week through Wednesday, Jalpak Co. received 60 percent fewer reservations than usual.
Trips to China have been popular in the past few years as Japanese no longer require tourist visas, and major airlines have increased flights to the Chinese mainland. JTB had forecast a record 95,000 tourists from Japan would visit China during this year’s Golden Week holidays, beginning at the end of the month.
But in light of the current situation, the number of tourists to China will probably fall short of the projection.
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