Chinese travel apps remove Japanese hotel chain a second time

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/13 23:53:09

Several travel-related apps removed a Japanese hotel again on Monday after Chinese netizens criticized the reappearance of the hotel, which once openly denied the Nanjing Massacre.

The travel app Qunar, hotel and restaurant listing apps Meituan and other travel apps all removed Japan's APA hotel, which provided books openly denying the Nanjing Massacre (1937) in which 300,000 Chinese civilians were killed by Japanese troops during World War II and "comfort women" in China and South Korea during the period.

This happened after netizens complained the formerly banned hotel re-appeared on these Chinese travel apps.

After the hotel's reappearance, many netizens complained that the Chinese have already forgotten the APA's behavior and demanded that authorities severely punish these agencies.

Qunar said it had removed 70 APA chain hotels when the APA incident occurred early this year but failed to remove two of the chain hotels because the hotels failed to properly identify themselves online.

The hotel once provoked outcry in China for providing such books after media exposure in January, with many calling for a boycott against the hotel chain.

China's National Tourism Administration said in January that it required all overseas travel companies and travel apps to suspend dealing with this hotel and urged Chinese tourists to boycott the chain.

After the media exposure in January, Chinese travel giants including Ctrip, Alibaba's online travel booking platform Feizhu and Tuniu suspended booking services for APA-owned hotels. More than 300 Chinese in Japan staged a protest in Tokyo against the APA chain of hotels in January.

According to a Japan Today report in January, a record 24.04 million people visited Japan in 2016, with the biggest numbers coming from South Korea and China.

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