April 24. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to strongly affect China’s tourism industry.
As a result, provinces are cutting prices for travel. They are offering tax reductions and even asking local people to help save an industry that provides millions of people with jobs.
Official data shows that the drop in tourism has continued this year because of additional COVID-related restrictions on travel. New lockdowns and mass testing also appear to be playing a part.
The tourism situation has become more severe in recent months as the Omicron version of the virus has spread. Tourism made up over 11 percent of China’s gross domestic product in 2019 and supported nearly 80 million jobs.
Source: Learning English