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Cruel summer for Southeast Asia's beaches as tourists retreat

Chinese cancel trips after deadly accidents, costing Thailand $1.2bn

The Thai island of Phuket has lost Chinese tourists since the July 5 boat accidents. (Photo by Marimi Kishimoto)

BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian resorts are grappling with deadly accidents, an earthquake and environmental preservation as tourist traffic takes a beating, with Thailand's Phuket Island hit particularly hard by the capsizing of tour boats in early July.

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