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Tourists will avoid bloodbath location

SHANGHAI tourists won't be stopping at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the place that became the scene of Monday evening's bloodbath that ended in the death of eight tourists from Hong Kong.

Local agencies said almost all tourists will go around the place, as it's on the road to the airport, but won't linger.

"We'll tell tourists about the place, but will not allow them to get off the bus," said Zhao Jinhui, an official with the Southeast Asia department of the Shanghai CYTS Tours.

"Before, tourists loved to shop around as usually this would be their last stop in the Philippines."

Yesterday morning the National Tourism Bureau warned Chinese tourists "to be cautious" when traveling in the Philippines.

Officials reminded tourists to contact the China embassy in case of an emergency.

According to local tourism statistics, more than 100 Shanghai tourists on tour group packages are currently in the Philippines and they've shown no sign of ending their trips early.

Despite the industry's calm, some shocked tourists expressed a loss of confidence in the Philippines-bound travel. "I think I will never, never go to the Philippines," said Ye Kui, a college teacher.

"Such tragedy is far too scary, much more frightening than earthquake or tsunami."

Some tourists, however, said the country may offer bargains that would be hard to resist.

"Of course the case will throw a gloom over tourists, but I still believe that many people will rush to the country if the prices are really attractive," said Chen Yi, a tourist who have been to the country.

About 20,000 Shanghai tourists go to the Philippines every year, authorities said.


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