Covid-19 lockdown turns Chinese tourist hotspot Sanya into nightmare for tourists

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (REUTERS) – When Chinese businesswoman Yang Jing was planning this year’s summer holiday in 2021, she chose the tropical southern island of Hainan because of its nigh-perfect Covid-19 track record. The island in the South China Sea recorded just two positive symptomatic Covid-19 cases in the whole of last year. Fast forward to this […]

Chinese tourist hot spot Sanya imposes Covid-19 lockdown, shuts public transport

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) – The southern Chinese beach holiday city of Sanya imposed a lockdown on Saturday (Aug 6) and shut its public transport system to try to stop a Covid-19 outbreak during its peak tourist season. Authorities announced the curbs would start at 6am (2200 GMT), saying the Covid-19 situation was “very severe” and people’s […]

Thailand may get pricier for foreign tourists with dual hotel rates

BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) – Foreign tourists may soon find Thailand a more expensive destination than in the past two years with the country now planning to raise hotel rates to pre-pandemic levels to support a faster recovery of the industry. Thailand’s tourism ministry plans to ask hotel operators to implement a dual-tariff structure under which foreign […]

Bhutan to welcome tourists ‘who can spend’ for first time since Covid-19

KATHMANDU (REUTERS) – Bhutan will reopen for international tourists from September for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago, officials said on Thursday (June 30), as the tiny Himalayan kingdom looks to revive its economy. Wedged between China and India, the country with scenic natural beauty and ancient Buddhist culture, […]