Theme parks, restaurants and cafes have been forced to shut down in China due to the game’s growing popularity, with a ban on trading and selling Pokemon products set to be imposed by the government in early November.
With more than a million players in the country, the game has seen a surge in popularity with people taking selfies with the monsters in the streets of cities, and the number of virtual creatures in the wild has grown to more than 2 billion.
But while the game itself has helped to boost the economy, the ban on trade has also hurt the country’s tourism industry.
Many shops in the provinces of Shaanxi, Zhejiang and Hunan have been closing down due to a lack of business, and there are fears that some restaurants will have to close altogether if they don’t have the cash to pay staff.
Some restaurants have already begun to close, including in Guangzhou, a city with a population of about 2 million, with many shops being forced to lay off staff.
In response to the ban, the country has been taking steps to boost tourism.
The country’s main tourist attraction, the Grand Canyon, has been rebranded as the Grand Central Station in the capital, Beijing.
In addition, the Chinese Government has launched a programme of tourism incentives, offering a reward of 50,000 yuan ($6,400) for people who can capture the top five Pokemon in the game.
A similar scheme is being rolled out in Hong Kong, which has seen record numbers of visitors to the city.
As the popularity of the game continues to grow, China has set its sights on its second biggest export market, the United States.
Under a new trade pact, the US and China have agreed to double trade between the two countries by 2022.
China has said that it will be able to compete with the US on the global market, and that the trade agreement is a step in the right direction.
But with Pokemon Go growing in popularity, the government is expected to continue to push for stricter regulations in the coming months.
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