The coronavirus outbreak spreading across the world is seen to have a massive impact on aviation and tourism in Asia, said Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
“As the China lockdown continues and airlines cut back on services, both inbound and outbound tourism has staggered almost to a stop. The impact is already massive. What remains unknown is how long and how widespread the virus’ spread will continue,” CAPA said.
CAPA said Chinese tourists account for the bulk of international visitors for most countries in Asia Pacific. They are also the biggest per capita spenders.
“For several Asia Pacific countries, China has become a vital source of tourism; for Thailand, 11 million, or 28 percent of its international visitors came from China in 2019, and a quarter of its international airline seats were to/from China,” CAPA said
Countries like Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan are similarly engaged in the China market.
As of November last year, the Philippines had a total of 1.6 million Chinese visitors.
The Philippines has temporarily banned the entry of visitors from China, Hong Kong and Macau as part of efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
“The safety and protection of our citizens thriving in our tourist spots, the employees of the tourism sector, and domestic and foreign tourists alike remain the Department of Tourism’s priority,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.