Six months into the year and there’s still no visibility as to when international travel may be able to resume in Asia. As countries in the Western world gradually get back to normal life thanks to fast-tracked mass vaccination programs, rollout in Asia and other developing countries has been shockingly slow.
Chinese outbound tourists will likely choose travel destinations closer to home after the pandemic, as outbreak fears and safety concerns will remain post-covid.
Australia’s federal government doesn’t expect the country’s border to open until mid to late 2022, according to a note within the 2021 federal budget. Currently, the only international travel avenue is through the Trans-Tasman bubble with New Zealand.
Macau’s health authorities on Tuesday announced an easing of quarantine requirements for foreign non-residents that are already living in Macau, allowing them to travel to Mainland China and back without having to complete quarantine.
The upcoming Labor Day holiday could be a record-breaker for Mainland China in terms of domestic travel, with bookings for planes, hotel rooms, and car rentals surging past levels in 2019.
A total of 40 hotels in the Philippines have received the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp.
Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp continues to be optimistic about the ASEAN travel bubble that is currently being considered by the country’s Ministry of Tourism.
Analysts at UBS don’t expect the same level of travel restrictions to Macau to be in place during May’s Golden Week as it had been for February’s Lunar New Year holidays.
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO Dr. Mario Hardy sees a slow recovery for Asia’s tourism markets, though remains optimistic about the future of travel.
Luxury integrated resort Okada Manila recently received its second five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide (FTG).