Australia’s Tourism Industry Eyes Recovery as China Reopens for International Travel

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Australia’s tourism industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with international borders closed for much of the past year and domestic travel restrictions in place. However, there is hope on the horizon as China, a significant source of tourism for Australia, begins to ease travel restrictions and open up to international tourism once again.

China is Australia’s largest source of international tourists, with more than 1.4 million Chinese visitors travelling to the country in 2019. These visitors bring in significant revenue for the tourism industry, with Chinese tourists known for their high spending habits. The return of Chinese tourists is expected to boost the economy, particularly in tourism-reliant areas such as Queensland and New South Wales.

“Initially, we had some compensation from [the] Australia government and New South Wales government until probably one and a half years ago,” Eric Wong, product manager at CBT Holidays, said to AL Jazeera.

“And [then] we just shut the business down.”

However, the recovery of the tourism industry will likely be gradual and depend on the ongoing situation with COVID-19. The Australian government has yet to encourage the ins and outs between China and Australia highly. Additionally, even when borders do open, there may still be some hesitation among Chinese tourists to travel, given the ongoing pandemic.

In the meantime, the Australian tourism industry is working hard to promote domestic travel and encourage people to explore their own country. The government has also announced a $1.2 billion tourism recovery package to help the industry recover from the pandemic slump.

“I think that will change a lot… when the airlines increase the flight schedule… I think the people exchange between these two countries will be more and more frequent and then gradually go back to normal,” said Sun, managing director of China Travel Service.

Despite the uncertainty, many in the tourism industry are optimistic about the future and look forward to the return of Chinese visitors. They are hopeful that as the situation with COVID-19 continues to improve and travel restrictions ease, the tourism industry will recover and thrive again.

In conclusion, the return of Chinese tourists is a significant source of hope for Australia’s battered tourism industry. The pandemic has hit the industry hard, and the return of Chinese visitors is expected to bring a much-needed boost to the economy. However, the recovery of the tourism industry will likely be gradual and depend on the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

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