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Coronavirus

Over 60% of Asia still closed to tourists, versus 17% of Europe

COVID-wary region lags behind in reviving vital sector, data shows

The Great Wall of China: The government in Beijing has not rushed to allow international tourists, counting on its large domestic travel market.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Asian countries were some of the most aggressive in closing their borders to fight COVID-19 and are among the slowest to reopen to tourists, recently compiled data shows, underscoring the prolonged pressure on economies that rely heavily on international visitors.

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