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Asian business gets priority seat as region eases travel curbs

Corporate executives offered 'fast track' while tourists are bumped

Travelers at Singapore's Changi airport. The country is among those to have agreed with China on procedures to allow business travel to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic   © AFP/Jiji

TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- Corporate Asia is spearheading a cautious opening of regional travel after a series of governments prioritized business trips to try to reboot economic activity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong's decision to ease travel for directors of some 480 listed companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the latest example. The city on Monday said two executives from these companies will be exempt from Hong Kong's mandatory quarantine for one trip per month from mainland China for "essential business activities," including board meetings and seeing clients.

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