(Hokkaido quake) 370 HK travelers strandedLocal | 6 Sep 2018 12:13 pm
The Travel Industry Council said about a dozen tour groups from Hong Kong were caught up in an earthquake that hit Hokkaido today but none of the 370 tourists was hurt.
New Chitose Airport in the island’s capital city, Sapporo, has been closed following the quake.
The TIC's executive director, Alice Chan, said the council had not received any requests for assistance from Hong Kong residents in Hokkaido so far. She also advised individual travelers and travel agencies to liaise closely with airlines to make arrangements for their flights home.
A Hong Kong travel agency said that it was cancelling all tours scheduled for Hokkaido this week.
A woman from Hong Kong working in Sapporo told RTHK that even though power and water supply in large parts of the city has been cut, and much of the food in convenience stores has sold out, people have reacted calmly. She said tourists were seen gathering at hotels getting ready to go out sightseeing.
The 6.6 magnitude quake struck off Hokkaido early today, just days after the worst typhoon to hit the country in 25 years battered the western part of the country.