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Rainstorm wreak havoc on tourism

06-29-2010 14:14 BJT

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Rainstorms wreaking havoc in southern China show no immediate signs of easing. Many businesses in affected areas are taking heavy blows. The tourism industry is one of the worst impacted, with many popular destinations closed.

The soil in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has become watery from the relentless flow of rain. This has caused mountain torrents, landslides and a flow of debris. Out of concern for tourists' safety, local governments have already closed 35 of the top scenic spots in the region. But some are still running under high alert.

Rui Hong, Deputy Director of Guangxi Tourism Administration said "The tourist destinations require us to watch closely. There are safety issues that could compromise tourists' lives. In case anything goes wrong, we will enact our emergency plan."

Tourism agencies have stopped organizing trips to some destinations in affected areas. They are also recommending for tourists to avoid traveling to regions threatened by the rainstorms.

Dai Yingqiu, Hangzhou Int'l Travel Service said "We have stopped our tours to Wuyi Mountain."

Though the rainstorm has shut down access to some tourist destinations, prices for travel packages to the area aren't dropping. It seems enthusiastic travellers still have plenty of reasons to visit southern China, with airfares and accommodation in short supply.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CCTV.com

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