Americans aren’t going to the Olympics. Here’s why

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High travel costs and a shortage of hotel rooms have put Americans off attending the marquee event. Tensions with North Korea haven’t helped, either.

“Our travel sales to this Olympics have been very light,” said Anbritt Stengele, founder of specialist travel company Sports Traveler.

Pyeongchang — with a population around 44,000 — is not a model tourist destination. It’s a two-hour train journey from the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Stengele had hoped that clients would be able to stay in Seoul and commute to the Olympics. But then she factored in the time required for trains, event lines and security.

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