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Southeast Asian Vacation Spots Wait for Chinese Tourists Who Seem More Content to Stay Home

Many of Southeast Asia's top destinations like this beach in Danang, Vietnam are normally bustling with Chinese tourists but have been slow to return after the pandemic. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

The number of Chinese tourists that went abroad during last week’s normally bustling holiday break was significantly below pre-pandemic levels and even fell short of official forecasts, raising more concerns about the country’s tightened consumer spending.

While a rare confluence of two major holidays hit at the same time last week, allowing for an extended eight-day break, inbound and outbound tourist numbers were still less than 85% compared to the same level before the Covid outbreak.

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