The death of an American tourist at a naked amusement park in China’s far western region of Xinjiang has raised questions about the safety of the entertainment industry in the region, which has been under increased security measures in recent months following a string of deadly attacks.
The death of the 36-year-old, whose body was found in a pool at the Chinese-run resort of Jilin on Sunday, has triggered a backlash against Chinese tourism in the U.S. and around the world.
China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that the tourist died of a heart attack at the resort but did not elaborate on the cause of death.
Officials at the Jilina Hot Springs Resort did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
Officials have said that the death was not related to any incident involving the resort.
Jilin police did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment on the matter on Sunday night.
Chinese tourists have been increasingly wary of visiting the U, a place that has seen a string at least 10 deadly attacks in recent years in the name of promoting religious beliefs and traditional culture.
The U.N. and the International Olympic Committee banned Chinese nationals from entering the U in 2018 for violating a law that makes it illegal to travel without a passport.
Authorities in the country have also increased security and increased monitoring of the tourist industry.