For the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, residents have been encouraged to stay at home since the Spring Festival holiday in late January. Many operators in homestay industry had to shut down their homestays temporarily.
According to data provided by China's Airbnb Xiaozhu, China's homestay industry has lost around 90 percent of orders.
A total of 427 homestays, members of a self-launched live-broadcasting alliance of the homestay industry, cluster in the scenic lakeside town of Shuanglang in Dali, southwest China's Yunnan Province. The local homestay industry was devastated and had lost over 300 million yuan (about 43.3 million U.S. dollars).
To support the homestay business and help them recover, Alibaba's tourism arm Fliggy.com has opened an exclusive live channel for members of the newly-founded alliance.
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