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Asian countries to resume international travel in 3 months, China in six months: CEO of Ctrip

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Passengers spotted at Beijing Daxing International Airport on June 3, 2021 Photo: cnsphoto

Asian countries are expected to resume international travel in the next three months while China, which is more cautious, is expected to restart them six months later after learning from experiences of other countries, Liang Jianzhang, chief executive officer of the China’s leading travel agency Ctrip, made the prediction in a forum Thursday.

Liang also revealed that the long-awaited resumption of quarantine-free travel between mainland China and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is expected to be approved shortly.

According to data posted by Liang at the forum, the air transport market in Europe has rebounded to around 70% of pre-pandemic levels and is expected to fully reach 2019 figures by summer 2022. The load factor weekly average in the United States reached about 80 percent in October.

The international travel market outside of Asia is back to about half of pre-pandemic levels, Liang said.

Liang mentioned that he recently spent months traveling the world, visiting and meeting with tourism officials from the United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Spain and Portugal. They are impatiently awaiting the return of Asian tourists, especially Chinese.

The prediction of when China will be able to open its doors to the world again has caught the world’s attention as some countries announce their reopening policies, though the pandemic escalates and dangerous mutations continue to emerge .

Chinese officials and experts have repeatedly reiterated that China will continue its aggressive zero COVID policy and strictly prevent imported cases to protect local residents. They said the policy would adjust according to the situation of the global pandemic situation.

Based on the current pandemic situation, Gao Fu, director of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, recently told media that China will continue its aggressive policy of zero COVID at least until late spring. 2022, as is the case. felt that during this period there will certainly be imported cases that could generate local community transmission.