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The road to recovery for Chinese outbound tourism

The Economist Intelligence Unit – 12 May 2021 This update on Chinese outbound tourism by The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts a slow wait for the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, highlighting 2024 as the expected timeframe for the sector returning to pre-pandemic levels. The report also forecasts a shift in Chinese tourists’ travel habits in the…

Thai hotel groups urge scrapping of quarantine rules for vaccinated tourists

John Reed, Financial Times – 24 January 2021 For a country so reliant on tourism, Covid-19 has been disastrous for Thailand’s economy. Boats marooned, pubs and restaurants shut and tuk tuks parked, the country is eager to get tourists back in and quarantine-free travel for those already vaccinated could be the start. This article on…

Thailand, a paradise for digital nomads

France24, Wassim Cornet – 5 February 2021 Covid-19 has revolutionised the working environment, with much of the global population now working remotely from home. This is convenient for many of us, however now imagine your ‘home’ is Koh Phangan, Thailand. This is reality for these digital nomads that have taken their digital work overseas. Watch…

Reimagining the $9 trillion tourism economy—what will it take?

Tourism made up 10 percent of global GDP in 2019 and was worth almost $9 trillion, nearly three times larger than agriculture. But, the tourism value chain is fragmented, with limited coordination among SMEs and governments have generally played a limited role in the industry. COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented crisis for the tourism industry: international…

The way back: What the world can learn from China’s travel restart after COVID-19

Countries and regions around the globe are gradually moving past the peak of the pandemic. With China’s COVID-19 lockdown over, travel is beginning to restart. Businesses remain cautious, but almost all offices, factories, schools, and retail outlets have reopened. A recent survey conducted by McKinsey showed that the first thing people want to spend money…