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Canton Fair opens online, starving eateries and hotels

Guangzhou's businesses miss income from trade expo's usual 200,000 attendees

A midsize hotel in Guangzhou: Business is suffering at hotels and restaurants in the city because the Canton Fair is being held virtually. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

GUANGZHOU -- One of China's biggest trade fairs opened its third consecutive online-only edition Thursday, disappointing the operators of Guangzhou's dining and lodging spots.

Local businesses missed another chance to host the 200,000 international buyers who descended on the city twice a year before the coronavirus pandemic.

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