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Travel expert says travel to China mostly unaffected by ongoing tensions

Last Updated Jan 18, 2019 at 6:47 pm PDT

A Chinese flag flies outside of the Secondary Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin northeastern China's Tianjin municipality, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

It's pretty much business as usual, that's coming from a travel expert about the ongoing situation in China

The Canadian government is advising people to Exercise a high degree of caution in China

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Despite ongoing tensions between China and Canada one travel expert says it’s pretty much business as usual.

Claire Newell with Travel Best Bets says she hasn’t received any trip cancellations so far and neither have other travel agencies.

“I’ve actually spoken to travel suppliers that sell tourism to China but I wanted to speak to Canadian companies,” she adds. “I also reached out to some in the U.K., Germany and Australia that all actually have passengers there now, it is business as usual.”

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Despite not seeing any cancellations, Newell says there has been a slight drop in interest among Canadians wanting to travel to China.

“Because of the fact that there is tension, people are looking to places where there isn’t,” she adds, noting there are still thousands of Canadian tourists visiting China without incident.

The Canadian government is telling people to Exercise a high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

If you do have a trip planned, Newell recommends travellers do some research before they leave.

“What’s really important if you do have a trip planned is that you go to our government’s website, click on the ‘laws and culture’ tab to familiarize yourself with Chinese laws.”