Travel: Tourism companies suspend trips after earthquake in Japan

(From Shanghai Daily)

Travel agencies have suspended organized trips to Kyushu or offering a full refund for travelers who want to cancel already booked tours to the southwestern island of Japan following another powerful earthquake at midnight.

epaselect epa05259506 A resident carrying his child on his back walks through debris of collapsed houses with supplies following a magnitude-6.2 earthquake, intensity seven on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale; the first intensity seven since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, in Mashiki town, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 15 April 2016. Strong earthquakes hit southwestern Japan the evening of 14 April. Authorities said at least nine people died and over 1,000 were injured by the earthquake, now named the Kumamoto Earthquake. Eight of the nine victims were reported in the town of Mashiki. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

A resident carrying his child on his back walks through debris of collapsed houses in Japan

They also warned tourists to avoid visiting the island recently.

Online travel operator Ctrip has suspended tour groups to Kyushu for safety concerns, and issued a warning on trips to the island.

It also informed tour guides to cancel stops including Kumamoto and make proper adjustment on scheduled tours.

It has about 200 tourists in Kyushu and all of them are safe.

Tuniu, another online travel agency, suggested tourists planning to visit Kyushu be cautious and said it will cover the loss resulting from the cancelation of orders. Read More



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