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China partly lifts bans on S. Korean trips

2017/11/28 14:09

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BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- China's tourism authorities decided Tuesday to partially lift that country's bans on group tours to South Korea, sources said, as Seoul and Beijing move to repair bilateral relations badly frayed by the deployment of a U.S. defense system in South Korea.

At meetings earlier in the day, China's National Tourism Administration made a decision to allow tourist agencies in Beijing and Shandong Province to sell package tours to South Korea, the industry sources said.

"It means (China) will lift bans on Korean tours region-by-region in a step-by-step manner, having not lifted them on regions outside of Beijing and Shandong," a source said.

Still, the tourism body reportedly required the tour packages not to include visits to affiliates of Lotte Group, including its hotels and duty free shops, as its golf course hosts the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.

The latest decision came after the two countries agreed on Oct. 31 to put their feud of more than a year over the deployment behind them. In retaliation against the deployment, China had prohibited local tour agencies from selling package tours to South Korea.

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