Sumary of Phil witnessed Australia’s Chinese tourism boom. But now that’s over and many like him have moved on:
- Perth tour guide Phil Dong was still showing his Chinese guests the beauty of the city on March 19 last year.
- “Big spenders abandoning plans to go aboardTourism was Australia’s third most valuable export after iron ore and coal pre-pandemic, according to an analysis from the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in 2019.And China was Australia’s largest inbound tourist market for both arrivals and spending.
- There were more than 1.4 million visitors from China pre-pandemic, contributing a combined total of $12 billion to the Australian economy, according to the Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment.
- While Australian borders remain shut to China, lengthy quarantine rules for returning travellers in China and visa restrictions have put off many holiday-makers.
- Read moreThis week, a new report on China’s outbound tourism by China Tourism Academy, part of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, shows a majority of Chinese citizens (83 per cent) would only travel to countries with zero new COVID cases and 82 per cent of them said they choose to travel domestically rather than overseas in the near future.
- (ABC News: Billy Draper)She said although the return of Chinese international students from next month would bring some relief to the business, she wants to see the Australian borders reopen to China completely.
- “‘One of the safest destinations’: Tourism MinisterThe Australian government have recently relaxed tight travel restrictions, by allowing fully vaccinated tourists from Singapore, Japan and South Korea to enter Australia quarantine free.
- Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said the reopening of the borders to vaccinated travellers would adhere to the National Plan to safely reopen to the world.