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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she will announce the dates on which quarantine travel can resume with Australia on April 6th.
Singapore and Australia are in talks to create a quarantine-free travel bubble that may be in place by July. They are also working on mutual recognition of vaccine certificates.
Dr Mario Hardy, CEO of the Asia Pacific Travel Association (PATA) talks with Asia Gaming Brief Managing Editor Sharon Singleton about his organization’s forecasts for tourism recovery in Asia.
New Zealand and Australia continue to outperform the world with management of the pandemic, and while it’s likely a travel bubble between the two countries will be the first major change in border restrictions, we expect it will come with a number of restrictions.
This is the last Thank Goodness it’s Friday for 2020 and a suitable time for reflection and a look ahead at what we might expect for 2021. While it’s likely a year that most would like to forget, there have been positives. One is the speed and agility with which the industry has moved to adapt to change.
A senior Chinese health official said now is not the right time to create travel bubble similar to the one suggested by Hong Kong and Singapore and has urged Chinese to limit travel overseas to prevent importing cases.
Fitch Ratings has joined rival agency Standard & Poor’s in expressing concern over the speed of recovery for Genting Bhd, citing a lag in Singapore, which is reliant on international tourism arrivals.
Jurisdictions around Asia are noting a strong surge in domestic tourism as a result of the pandemic, but border reopenings remain some way off and local traffic is unlikely to do enough to offset lost revenue in the IR industry.
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.
Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong authorities are in discussions aimed at easing border requirements that would allow residents to be exempted from a 14-day quarantine period when travelling across borders.