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Hong Kong's 'zero Covid' strategy frustrates travel-starved residents

08/11/2021| 2:07:38 PM| 中文

Hope for any forthcoming travel bubbles has waxed and waned at the same time.

Before the pandemic, Hongkongers were among the most well-traveled people on Earth.

In 2019, residents made 94.7 million departures, according to the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department.

The year prior, they spent an estimated $26.5 billion -- making it the world's 11th largest tourism market in terms of spending, based on United Nations figures.

Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and mainland China made regular appearances on weekend itineraries and business routes, while Europe, North America and Australia lured Hongkongers for longer getaways.

But since the pandemic began, residents have been effectively grounded due to a mix of travel bans and one of the world's longest quarantines.

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