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Safety worries dampen Chinese demand for N. Korea tours

News Desk

Associated Press

Beijing | Thu, April 20, 2017 | 04:32 pm
Safety worries dampen Chinese demand for N. Korea tours

In this Monday, April 10, 2017, photo, a staff member of the newly renovated Koryo hotel walks across its main lobby in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Some Chinese tourism companies are eliminating or offering fewer trips to neighboring North Korea as regional tensions and safety worries dampen demand.

Representatives of tour companies Ctrip, Caissa and China Youth Travel Service said Wednesday they are no longer organizing trips to North Korea.

State-run media in China and members of the public have been critical of hostile statements from North Korean leaders as the nation pursues a nuclear arsenal.

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Caissa sales manager Zhao Cuili says most tourists are unwilling to go because of safety concerns.

The two biggest companies, China International Travel Service and China Travel Service, say they still offer multi-day trips to North Korea.

China International Travel sales manager Zhao Haiwei says passengers must take North Korean airlines after the Civil Aviation Administration of China suspended flights.