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Vaccine hopes lift Asia travel sector worried by COVID-19 rebound

Regional industry expects faster recovery, but prospects dimmer in Europe and US

A lone woman in an arrival zone at Tokyo's Narita international airport this month. A resurgence in coronavirus cases threatens the resumption of more travel ties.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Asian travel companies are increasingly optimistic that recent breakthroughs in producing effective coronavirus vaccines will soon help the industry get back to normality -- even though worries persist about a near-term resurgence of the pandemic and some officials suggest incentives to travel should be curbed.

While the travel industry in the region faces relatively faster pickups than other parts of the world, as latest airline data reveals, the resurgence of newly confirmed cases in Europe and the U.S. -- even some countries in Asia -- poses a challenge for the revival of cross-border trips anytime soon.

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