More low-risk regions for Covid-19 in China have been welcoming inter-provincial travel – which was previously suspended due to the state of the pandemic.
It is a sign of optimism for the tourism industry, which has taken a global hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, causing the enforcement of domestic and international restrictions. The Chinese public has expressed enthusiasm to travel again during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays.
As prevention and control of the virus improves, provinces including Guangdong, Shandong, Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, and Hainan have issued notices to resume cross-provincial travel as well as allowing “airplane ticket + hotel” deals from travel agencies.
In a recent interview, Ma Xiaowei, director of the National Health Commission, claimed that the Covid-19 pandemic should be “under control in China by the end of August” and that “people’s social life would return to normal as soon as possible”.
Tang Xiaoyun, Vice President of China Tourism Research Institute, informed online reporters from chinanews.com that it is necessary for China to implement strict prevention and control measures against the spread of the virus. These measures require scenic sites to comply with the rules of a “limited flow of people, appointments, and reduced peak hours”, while also implementing safe distances for visitors. In addition, tourist accommodations must carry out regular cleaning and disinfecting of their spaces as well as implement contactless payments for check-in, check-out, dining, etc.
The latest development has rekindled hope in the Chinese tourism industry and to travellers, as the possibility of leaving their own province is available.