Chinese firm leaves 50,000 tourists for Japan in limbo

September 18th, 2012 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Sep 18 (IANS) In the wake of the ongoing controversy over Diaoyu islands’ ownership, a major Chinese travel tour operator has halted its plan of transporting 50,000 tourists to Japan.

The tourists were to be transported to Japan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the normalisation of China-Japan relations, the People’s Daily reported.

China Comfort Travel Group Co. Ltd. is one of the largest Japan tour wholesalers in the country. It has informed its affiliated 220 companies and 5,500 stores to stop dealing with the products of touring Japan and abort group tours to the state, said Li Jilie, chairman of China Comfort Travel Group.

China Comfort Travel Group and its subsidiaries are one of the largest wholesalers for group tours to Japan, transporting a large number of visitors to Japan annually.

In April 2012, the group had announced to transport 50,000 visitors to Japan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China-Japan relations.

Li said that the acts of the Japanese government are intolerant to every Chinese, so the Japanese tourism products have to stop sales.

Less than eight minutes after the decision was made, the company’s subsidiaries in Shanghai and other cities also expressed their full support for it.

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