Japanese Prime Minister Doesn’t Expect Virus to Affect Tokyo Olympics

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Tomohiro Ohsumi / AP Photo

Skift Take: Japan has doubled down on using international sporting events like the forthcoming Olympic Games as a way to turbocharge its tourism industry. It’s clear from the prime minister’s remarks on Monday that it doesn’t expect the coronavirus to get in the way of that.

— Rosie Spinks

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Asian Destinations Hit by Fallout From Coronavirus and 6 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Destinations that are popular with Chinese tourists, like Thailand and Japan are feeling the impact of Chinas ban on tours as the country tried to contain the coronavirus. Artinun / Adobe

Skift Take: This week in tourism news, destinations that rely heavily on Chinese travelers like Thailand and Japan are feeling the pinch as China halts outbound tours in its struggle to contain the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Plus, Pakistan that was once one of the most dangerous places is gearing up with a new tourism push.

— Danielle Hyams

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