Plunging Chinese Tourist Arrivals Worry Asia as Virus Crisis Continues

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Plunging visitor numbers from China as the coronavirus outbreak continues has rattled Thailand. Commuters wearing face masks take cleaning gel during a campaign for washing hands at the skytrain station in Bangkok, Friday, Feb. 7. Sakchai Lalit / The Associated Press

Skift Take: No sector, it seems, has been spared by the fallout of the coronavirus crisis as Chinese travelers stay home. The good news? Governments are realizing the significance of tourism as an economic sector.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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AirAsia CEO Sidelined During Bribery Probe and 9 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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AirAsia CEO steps aside while officials look into bribery allegations. Lastsham / Wikimedia

Skift Take: This week in aviation news, AirAsia’s iconic CEO Tony Fernandes steps aside for now while officials look into allegations that he accepted a bribe from Airbus in exchange for a major order. Plus, JetBlue founder unveils details about his new airline. He’s calling it Breeze.

— Danielle Hyams

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Hong Kong Airlines Will Cut Jobs and Reduce Flights as Coronavirus Hits Travel


Hong Kong Airlines is cutting about 400 jobs as demand for its flights falls. Pictured is one of its jets. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Hong Kong Airlines was in bad shape before anyone started protesting in Hong Kong. Now it must deal not only with fallout from the protests, but also panic from Coronavirus. It’s hard to see how the airline recovers.

— Brian Sumers

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