Chinese travellers disappear from key overseas markets | News

Asia Pacific destinations popular with travellers from mainland China continue to report a huge hotel occupancy impact from the coronavirus outbreak, according to preliminary February data from STR. Pulling from Tourism Economics’ global top 20 for mainland China outbound travel, STR analysed 14 markets for a six-week period beginning with January 6th and ending with February 16th.  “With so much dependence on Chinese arrivals, it was anticipated that key markets around the region would see a negative impact from the coronavirus outbreak,” said Jesper Palmqvist, STR area director for the Asia Pacific region. “In certain markets, we saw an almost Read More …

WTTC chief calls for proportionate response to coronavirus outbreak | News

Closing borders, blanket travel bans and more extreme government policies will not stop the spread of coronavirus, argues the head of the World Travel & Tourism Council. WTTC president Gloria Guevara is the former tourism minister of Mexico and has first-hand experience of containing a major, viral incident after dealing with the H1N1 influenza virus in the country. Today Guevara called for governments and authorities worldwide not to overreact with disproportionate measures in a bid to control Covid-19. Guevara said: “Governments and those in authority must not seek to choke travel and trade at this time. “Closing borders, imposing blanket Read More …