Chinese tourists arrive at a pier in Serangan island in Denpasar, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on January 16, 2020. More than 2 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia annually pre-pandemic, with about half headed to Bali. Photo: AFP Chinese tourists arrive at a pier in Serangan island in Denpasar, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on January 16, 2020. More than 2 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia annually pre-pandemic, with about half headed to Bali. Photo: AFP
Chinese tourists arrive at a pier in Serangan island in Denpasar, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on January 16, 2020. More than 2 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia annually pre-pandemic, with about half headed to Bali. Photo: AFP
Mercedes Hutton
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Destinations known by Mercedes Hutton

When will Chinese tourists deem international travel safe again? Foreign destinations gearing up for their imminent return may be disappointed

  • Sentiment towards foreign travel still appears lukewarm in China, but that hasn’t stopped some industry officials from predicting a hasty rebound
  • One projection that states it will take another five years for Chinese outbound travel to reach around 2019 levels may be closer to the mark

Chinese tourists arrive at a pier in Serangan island in Denpasar, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on January 16, 2020. More than 2 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia annually pre-pandemic, with about half headed to Bali. Photo: AFP Chinese tourists arrive at a pier in Serangan island in Denpasar, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on January 16, 2020. More than 2 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia annually pre-pandemic, with about half headed to Bali. Photo: AFP
Chinese tourists arrive at a pier in Serangan island in Denpasar, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on January 16, 2020. More than 2 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia annually pre-pandemic, with about half headed to Bali. Photo: AFP
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.