Reuters: Few Chinese Keen To Travel Abroad Soon, Even If Covid Curbs Ease
December 05, 2022
More than half of Chinese say they will put off travel abroad even if borders re-opened tomorrow, a sign that consumer recovery from COVID-19 measures will take time.
Fear of infection with the disease was the top concern of those saying they would postpone travel in a survey of 4,000 consumers in China by consultancy Oliver Wyman, with worries about changes to domestic re-entry guidelines in second place.
"People have become cautious," said Imke Wouters, a retail and consumer goods partner at the firm. "So even when they can travel, we don't think they will come back right away."
As many as 51% of those surveyed plan to delay international travel. And when they do, short-haul destinations will be the first to benefit, the consultancy said in its study, "China Consumption Recovery".
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