TRAVEL Year-ender:10 major tourism stories of 2020

TRAVEL

Year-ender:10 major tourism stories of 2020

China Daily

19:51, December 28, 2020

In February, 3,711 people were quarantined aboard cruise ship Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japan, after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong tested positive for the coronavirus. This led to a mass cancellation of cruise trips, marking the beginning of a global tourism recession. Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama, Japan, on Feb 6, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

Major scenic spots around the globe began offering virtual travel experiences for people cooped up at home in March.On March 1, the Potala Palace, a landmark in China's Tibet autonomous region, held a livestreaming tour the first time in its over 1,300-year history. (Photo: Xinhua)

China's tourism saw strong recovery during the May Day holiday. With epidemic control measures in place, the tourism market recovered to 50 percent of the level during the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Wuhan's landmark Yellow Crane Tower reopens to the public on April 29. (Photo provided to China Daily)

Travel agencies were given permission by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on July 14 to resume group tours that crossed provincial borders, following suspension due to the pandemic. The ancient town of Ciqikou in Chongqing sees crowds of visitors in early August after travel agencies were given permission to resume group tours that cross provincial borders. (Photo provided to China Daily)

More than 227,000 inbound tourists-88 percent of whom came from the Chinese mainland-visited the region in August, according to the Macao Special Administrative Region's Statistics and Census Service. From Sept 23, all domestic tourists from low-risk regions can apply for tourist endorsement to visit Macao. Tourists visit the Ruins of St. Paul's in South China's Macao Special Administrative Region, on Oct 8, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

Alibaba Group's online travel arm, Fliggy, initiated a 10 million yuan subsidy program to boost domestic tourism recovery.The program covers tens of thousands of hotels across the country, as well as transportation, scenic spots and theme parks. (Photo: Xinhua)

From June, a dozen domestic airline companies, including Hainan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, launched fly-at-will schemes. A group of tourists who bought China Eastern's "unlimited weekend flights" package departs from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Guizhou's Zunyi on July 16. (Photo: China News Service)

The Universal Beijing resort launched 10,000 "preemptive right" packages on Oct 21, which sold out in just 131 seconds. A rendering of the Universal Beijing Resort in Tongzhou district of Beijing. (Photo provided to China Daily)

Tenzin (Dingzhen in Mandarin), a 20-year-old from Litang county in Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture, was appointed to promote tourism in Litang after attracting online attention when a video of him smiling broadly in traditional Tibetan costume was uploaded on Douyin, known as TikTok internationally. (Photo: Xinhua)

China is planning to grant another 21 tourist attractions 5A rating, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said earlier in December. Taohuayuan scenic area in Central China's Hunan province is one of the 21 tourist attractions that are newly granted 5A rating.(Photo: Xinhua)

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