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Politics drive tourists away from Japan and Hong Kong to SE Asia

Previously popular destinations lose out from summer of troubles

Tourists walk on Gold Bridge near the central Vietnamese city of Danang. The country has been attracting more South Koreans in recent months.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- This summer's political turmoil is redrawing the map of Asian tourism, with South Korean and Chinese travelers avoiding previously popular destinations like Japan and Hong Kong for Southeast Asia.

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