Ensure safe and sound travel rebounds: China Daily editorial


The government faces the task of making the best use of the peak-travel season to reinvigorate the tourism sector while controlling the spread of Covid-19. - AFP

BEIJING (China Daily/Asia News Network): The latest round of Covid-19 outbreak in Fujian province, with a total of 75 locally transmitted cases having been detected in Putian and neighboring Quanzhou and Xiamen by Monday (Sept 13) afternoon since Friday, has once again rung the alarm bell for the country's pandemic prevention and control work.

The approaching Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept 21, and the National Day Golden Week holiday that starts on Oct 1, make the task even more challenging as the holidays are likely to see a marked increase in the number of people hitting the road.

The government now faces the pressing task of making the best use of the peak-travel season to reinvigorate the tourism sector, which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, while at the same time ensuring that the novel coronavirus is confined to the few high risk areas in the country, including Putian.

People's enthusiasm for travel remains high. There is undoubtedly a great deal of pent-up demand for travel. Given that China has largely contained the spread of the virus, with only sporadic locally transmitted cases reported as a result of its effective prevention and control measures, inter-province travel is set to bounce back.

Popular travel booking platform Ctrip said that its inter-province orders surged by more than four times on Sept 6 compared with Aug 20.

While the upcoming holiday travel season is an opportunity that the tourism sector will be hoping to make the most of, it will also serve as a touchstone for the governance capabilities of officials, who must balance economic recovery with the pandemic prevention and control work.

The country recently announced that it had administered 2.11 billion doses of vaccines, with around 1 billion people, or 78 per cent of its total population, fully vaccinated, which it is hoped will establish an effective firewall against any future wave of the virus.

Allowing the tourism sector to fully reopen does not mean any let-up in vigilance against the virus. Rather it sets even higher requirements on officials and enterprises in the tourism sector.

Meticulous efforts are needed to ensure the early risk alert system functions effectively, ticket reservation and crowd flow restrictions are in place and observed, as well as close coordination among the transport and public security authorities, among other measures.

China has gained lots of experience in the fight against the pandemic and has shown it is capable of nipping outbreaks in the bud, which instills confidence that the authorities will soon bring the situation in Fujian under control.

Nonetheless, everyone must be on high alert to any signs of danger during the holidays.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

China , travel , China Daily , editorial , covid-19

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Idea to watermark nude photos shared on Telegram wins award at hackathon
China donates digital transformation system to Cambodia's national TV station
Vietnamese PM asks India to support, contribute to Asean's efforts in South China Sea
Love stories blooming along with construction of China-Laos Railway
Singapore, China officials to share views in leadership forum held virtually for first time
Filipinos flock to cemeteries ahead of All Saints' Day closure
Gojek to deploy 5,000 e-motorbikes in second EV trial
Lalisa will not be at Phuket’s New Year countdown after all
Discriminating against M'sian palm oil on food labels now an arrestable offence, says Deputy Minister
Which Asia-Pacific countries are re-opening to foreign visitors?

Others Also Read


Vouchers