According to The Nikkei Asia, the Chinese government released a new list of destination countries for outbound group tourism, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, the U.S. and the U.K., a move that will give a lift to retailers and other travel-related businesses in those countries.
According to the announcement, the application process for group tours begins on 10 August. New countries approved by the Chinese government include India, Pakistan, Qatar, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel, Mexico, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden.
China began allowing its citizens to take overseas group tours in February after a roughly three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ban has been lifted in stages. Chinese tour groups can visit about 60 countries at present, including those in Southeast Asia, Africa and South America, but Japan has not been on the approved list until now.
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