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Travel News Sapporo Snow Festival 2021 cancelled

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The Sapporo Snow Festival scheduled to take place in February 2021 has been cancelled. This is the first cancellation since the festival started in 1950.

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival, one of the country’s biggest winter events held in Hokkaido around February, will be canceled for the first time since its inception in 1950 amid a surge in novel coronavirus infections, its organizers said Monday. The festival, which usually features large snow and ice statues in the city center, will instead focus on disseminating online historical information about the event as well as the city’s winter charms. The boulevard currently decorated with Christmas lights will be lit up for an extended period of time, according to the organizers. “It’s a shame, but it’s an unavoidable (decision) in light of the situation,” they said. The celebrated event, which normally sees around 2 million domestic and overseas visitors every year, generates approximately ¥65 billion ($625 million).


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Quite frankly, the small circle I chat with was shocked it went on as usual last year. We already knew there was a virus centered in China, and a large percentage of visitors are from China. It was the first year my family didn't go.

In the end, there were only a few cases, at least one with volunteer staff.

I think we can wait a year to enjoy it without any fear.
 

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In the end, there were only a few cases, at least one with volunteer staff.
I thought Hokkaido was the first hot spot and the tourism due to the snow festival was thought to be the cause, wasn't it?
 

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Yes, but it wasn't from the Snow Festival. It was outside Sapporo at first; bus tours carrying thousands of Chinese tourists around the island to scenic spots.
 

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Yes, but it wasn't from the Snow Festival. It was outside Sapporo at first; bus tours carrying thousands of Chinese tourists around the island to scenic spots.
But they probably wouldn't have been there touring Hokkaido if there wasn't a snow festival going on.
 

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That's hard to say, the Chinese tourists were a pretty relentless thing in Hokkaido. There's a bump in February, but it's a year round thing. I'm not saying the people who brought Corona to Hokkaido weren't here for the festival, but I don't think it's a given.
 
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