Empty tourist boats at the Floating Market in Pattaya, on Wednesday. Pattaya is one of the main destinations for Chinese tourists but is almost deserted because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Photo: AFP

Global tourism to take a US$80 billion hit and a year to shake off the effects of coronavirus outbreak

  • Chinese outbound tourism will not recover to pre-coronavirus levels until the second quarter of 2021, says Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Asean will be hurt the most as the number of Chinese tourists to these destinations will drop by 30 to 40 per cent and cause revenue losses of US$7 billion
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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Empty tourist boats at the Floating Market in Pattaya, on Wednesday. Pattaya is one of the main destinations for Chinese tourists but is almost deserted because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Photo: AFP
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