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Since its borders reopened, the Chinese government has incentivised citizens to inject money into the domestic economy by travelling within China through policy initiatives such as launching duty-free shopping on the tourist island of Hainan.

Meanwhile, the lack of Chinese tourists has caused havoc for Australia’s tourism and hospitality industries, which were banking on a stronger bounce back.

The country’s casinos and other entertainment precincts have struggled since their doors reopened without the steady drum of Chinese tourists bumping up their bottom line.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the number of Chinese visitors in March was 58,240m – less than half the 124,370 who travelled over the same month in 2019.

The lack of Chinese tourists is expected to drain up to $130 billion from the international tourism industry this year, with outbound airline capacity still about 30 per cent lower than it was before COVID-19.

Chinese tourists spend more than any other nation in the world. In 2019, Chinese travellers made 170 million international trips according to data from the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute.

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