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China sees tourism surge as virus recedes

Hugh Morris, travel news editor
16 AUGUST 2020 • 9:35AM


China is seeing green shoots in the recovery of its domestic tourism sector as the coronavirus in the country recedes, raising hopes that Europe could soon follow suit.

Locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 fell to a one-month low, according to data released on Sunday by the National Health Commission, with just four infections, all in Xinjiang; the lowest since July 16.

The figure is despite a rise in travel within the country, with tour operators and agencies reporting a surge in interest. Since July 29, the most popular tourist destinations in China have received three times the number of visitors compared to the last quarter, according to China’s major online travel agency Trip.com Group.

As travel experts in the UK have suggested for the British market, China says small, specialised tour operators have seen a rise in popularity.

"People are willing to pay more for quality service and strict health and safety protection measures," said Li Kang, head of a travel agents in Hefei.

The UK Government advises against travel to China, and anyone would returning from the country would be required to quarantine.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20...ece-quarantine-next-country-announced-france/
 

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