China looks past Covid as tourist bookings surge for the Lunar New Year

BEIJING — People in China are moving past the pandemic and going out to travel, preliminary data for the Lunar New Year holiday show. “Pent-up demand is being released as many people rush to scenic spots, watch firework shows and crowd into restaurants and hotels,” Nomura’s chief China economist Ting Lu said in a report … Read more

Lunar New Year tourism hopes fizzle as Chinese stay home

BANGKOK (AP) — A hoped-for boom in Chinese tourism in Asia over next week’s Lunar New Year holidays looks set to be more of a blip as most travelers opt to stay inside China if they go anywhere. From the beaches of Bali to Hokkaido’s powdery ski slopes, the hordes of Chinese often seen in … Read more

Floods in India, Bangladesh leave millions homeless, 18 dead

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – Army troops were called in to rescue thousands of people stranded by massive floods that have ravaged northeastern India and Bangladesh, leaving millions of homes underwater and severing transport links, authorities said Saturday. In India’s Assam state, at least nine people were killed in the floods and 2 million saw their … Read more

Japan is about to welcome back foreign travelers, but domestic tourism remains its priority

After more than two years of closed border policies, Japan is set to welcome back international travelers this week. Come June 10, foreign tourists traveling via packaged tours can enter Japan. However, the government’s priority still lies in boosting domestic tourism numbers, said Tadashi Shimura, president of the Japan Association of Travel Agents. Even before … Read more