After six newly added COVID-19 infections and three asymptomatic ones were reported in Ruili, Southwest China's Yunnan Province on Wednesday, several travel agencies said they had yet to see a significant impact on nationwide tourism and travel during the upcoming Qingming Festival.
China CYTS Tours told the Global Times on Wednesday that the latest outbreak has had little impact so far and the agency has not been getting requests for refunds.
"The new COVID-19 cases will have little impact on tourists' confidence during Qingming Festival and May Day holiday nationally, because of the city's remote location and China's proven ability in pandemic control," Xu Xiaolei, marketing manager at China's CYTS Tours Holding Co, told the Global Times on Wednesday.
Popular tourist destinations in Yunnan are Kunming, Dali, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and Tengchong, rather than Ruili, which borders Myanmar, he added.
A salesperson with China's online travel agency Trip.com Group told the Global Times on Wednesday morning that trips to Yunnan Province are still on sale and available for booking.
Airlines are offering no-penalty refunds for flights booked to Ruili, but few people have so far taken up this offer.
Online travel service provider Qunar.com told the Global Times that so far, the confirmed cases in Ruili have had little impact on flight bookings within Yunnan Province and nationally during the Qingming Festival, which runs from April 3-5.
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