Entrance fee to Chinese town hits tourism

Beijing, April 15 (IANS) The introduction of an entry fee for an ancient scenic town in China’s Hunan province has led to a sharp decline in tourists, and internet users say the policy discourages visitors.

“We have begun to witness the impact of the new policy,” said a female employee at March Inn in Fenghuang county, well known for its historical and scenic attractionsaid Sunday.

“All the rooms in my hostel were usually booked up during weekends in the past but this weekend we have seen a sharp drop in guests and reservation,” People’s Daily quoted her as saying.

According to an online poll, nearly 93 percent of respondents said they will not go to Fenghuang because of the charge. The poll had drawn nearly 90,000 participants by late Sunday.

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