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Chinese tourism to the U.S. drops for first time in 15 years

Chinese tourism to the U.S. fell last year for the first time in 15 years, dropping 5.7% in 2018 to 2.9 million visitors, the AP reports.

Driving the news: Alongside the U.S.-China trade war, China issued a travel warning for the U.S. last summer, warning its citizens to be cautious of robberies, shootings and high medical costs. China's economic uncertainty has also encouraged potential vacationers to stay closer to home.

Be smart: "Most industry-watchers agree that any downturn is temporary, since China’s middle class will only continue to expand," per the AP.

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