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Survey reveals Anti-Asian hate crimes in the US are scaring away Chinese travelers

  • A new survey of 1,000 mainland Chinese citizens found that a majority had “little to no interest” in U.S. travel.
  • The biggest reasons all involve perceived anti-Asian violence and discrimination in the U.S., with 57% citing violent crime, 52% citing terroism and 44% concerned by anti-Chinese biases.
  • Many also identified the increasing number of mass shootings in the U.S. as a significant concern.
  • Scott Moskowitz, who co-authored the survey, pointed out that state-controlled media in China does, however, play up anti-Asian crime stories in the U.S. when compared to other countries due to geopolitical tensions.

The uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S. is deterring potential visitors from China. 

This month, a new survey from Morning Consult, a decision intelligence company, found that a “plurality of Chinese have little to no interest in US travel,” citing anti-Asian discrimination and violence as key factors. 

Thailand is fighting to save a lone tree on a small, uninhabited island from overtourism

  • A lone tree sitting on a small islet in Thailand has been severely damaged due to a rampant amount of tourists climbing the tree for selfies.
  • The tree is on the uninhabited island Koh Khai Hua Roh in Trat Province.
  • Upon inspection on Tuesday, several branches on the tabantree (Xylocarpus rumphii) were broken off, and a large root appears to have been repeatedly trampled on.
  • Although the tree can only have five visitors at a time, a surge of tourists have been visiting the location after a traveler posted that the tree resembles a scene from a popular Thai comic book.
  • Local administrations are working to protect the tree by restricting the number of tourists who can visit the island and only allowing entry during certain seasons.

Officials are fighting to save a lone tree on an uninhabited island in Thailand that has been severely damaged by a surge of tourists climbing the tree for selfies.

Located on the Koh Khai Hua Roh islet in Trat province, Thailand, the taban tree (Xylocarpus rumphii) was discovered to have been severely damaged upon inspection on Tuesday. Local authorities reported that several branches had broken off the tree and a large root showed signs of having been repeatedly trampled on. 

Oregon has been luring tourists with Studio Ghibli-style animated ads for years

studio ghibli oregon tourism ads

A new video from a long-running tourism ad campaign contains the right blend of whimsy and pastel colors to make it seem like a teaser for an upcoming Studio Ghibli film.

Oregon’s mesmerizing animated tourism ad campaign, which wants viewers to imagine the state’s best attractions as “Only Slightly Exaggerated,” has been wearing its unmistakable Hayao Miyazaki inspiration since 2018.

Disturbing Photos of Elephant Abuse Warn Tourists in Thailand Not to Ride Elephants

Tourists planning to ride elephants in Thailand are being urged to think again as photos of the alleged abuse towards the animals have gone viral on Twitter this week.

While the Thai government discourages elephant rides, these attractions reportedly persist in some tourist locations across the country, subjecting the animals to unimaginable torture from a young age.

Travelers Will Now Have to Pay a $9 ‘Sayonara Tax’ When Leaving Japan

departure tax

Those who are planning to travel to Japan might need to save up a little change before leaving the country as the government officially implemented a departure tax earlier this week.

The new law, which is being dubbed as “Sayonara Tax,” was put into effect on Monday, January 7, according to Yahoo News. Visitors in Japan will now have to pay 1,000 yen ($9) when they leave the country.

96-Year-Old Taiwanese Man Saves Entire ‘Rainbow Village’ By Painting Everything

rainbow village

A 96-year-old man painted his village in Taiwan as a way to prevent the government from demolishing it; as a result, it attracted many tourists, earning the name “Rainbow Village” for its colorful murals.

Huang Yung-Fu, a retired soldier living in Taichung, Taiwan, turned his village – a temporary housing area that the government gave to soldiers – into a massive art gallery that showcases his artwork.