All eyes on Hainan duty free as China steps up efforts to stop COVID-19 imported cases - The Moodie Davitt Report - The Moodie Davitt Report

CHINA. All eyes are on Hainan. That’s the simple message for the travel retail sector as China steps up its efforts to stop any ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 cases being imported from overseas.

With the Hubei province outbreak now under apparent control, the Chinese authorities are working overtime to restrict the number of cases imported from overseas, with strict multiple health checks in place at the country’s borders. Source: National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (Click to enlarge)

Those efforts are well-documented in a Sky News online report today. China is building a ‘fortress’ to ensure that new cases are not imported, writes Sky News Asia correspondent Tom Cheshire from Dalian in an excellent online article (click here to read) that underlines the strict – but vital and highly effective – measures being taken by China to eradicate a feared second wave of cases brought in from abroad.

For the travel retail sector that means only one thing. Focus on Hainan and the resort island’s lucrative offshore duty free industry.

Sky News Asia correspondent Tom Cheshire reports on the strict but vital measures being taken within China to stop COVID-19 being imported from overseas. Click here to read.

How long such measures will remain in place is uncertain but one thing is for sure – any early recovery in Chinese travel will be dominated by intra-Chinese travel.

Speaking on Friday during an OAG webinar, Institute for Aviation Research Professor Zheng Lei said: “Recently, airline [domestic] traffic has picked up. China Southern