China's tourism numbers drop sharply this year due to pollution
BEIJING (AP) - China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year - with worsening air pollution partly to blame.
Numbers of foreign visitors have declined following January's "Airpocalypse," when already eye-searing levels of smog soared to new highs.
Tourists have been put off by news about smog and other problems, said Mr Frano Ilic of travel agency Studiosus in Munich, Germany. He said the number of people booking trips to China through his company has fallen 16 per cent this year.
"You are reading about smog. You are reading about political things," said Mr Ilic. "All the news which is coming from China concerning the non-touristic things are bad, frankly speaking,"