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Professor Wolfgang Artl, CEO and founder of the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), talks to Asia Gaming Brief Managing Editor Sharon Singleton about trends in domestic travel and tourism in China.
China’s domestic travel was almost back to 2019 levels during the recent Ching Ming Festival and the pent-up demand to venture overseas once restrictions are relaxed remains intact, says Professor Wolfgang Arlt, CEO of the China Outbound Travel Research Institute (COTRI).
Macau has eased the 21-day quarantine restriction for visitors from Hong Kong, instead requiring 14 days of medical observation and 7 days of self-health checks.
The Philippines has banned foreigners from entering the country and returning overseas Filipinos from March 20 until April 19 after a new Covid spike and new variants.
Macau has taken another mini step towards reopening its borders, allowing foreigners back in from the Mainland under strict entrance criteria. The news comes a day after travel was eased for travellers from Taiwan.
The New Year hasn’t brought the relief that had been hoped for Asia’s devastated tourism industry, with new outbreaks of Covid-19 across the region dampening expectations for an early opening of borders.
Macau ended its annus horribilis on a slightly brighter note, with December gross gambling figures showing the best performance since January.
China’s largest online travel group, Trip.com, has noted a 500 percent gain in searches for tourism products in Macau since China resumed issuing individual travel visas on Sept. 23rd, Macau Business reports.
Borders in Malaysia may be closed to international tourists until Q2, 2021, Nancy Shukri, the minister of tourism, arts and culture told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview.
Guangdong province, the largest source market for Macau, started accepting applications for tourism visas to the Special Administrative Region on Tuesday.
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