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Asean tourism pivots and recovers, but Chinese tourist gap remains

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SOUTH-EAST Asia's tourism industry is seeing light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, as eased travel restrictions and the diversification of tourist offerings lure international travellers back. But the continued absence of tourists from China - the main pre-pandemic source of visitors for many regional destinations - will limit the pace and strength of the recovery, say analysts.

Countries which removed pandemic-related curbs early have been successful in attracting travellers, said Jane Lim, vice-president of global markets at Tripadvisor: "Tourists are visiting new destinations … that they might not have considered before and may continue to revisit them in the future."

She noted that in...

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