World: COVID-19: more than 80,000 tourists, wedged on an island in China, "no right to leave, more plane, no information"

Cyprus tourism rebounds despite sanctions-hit Russia plunge

  Cyprus tourism rebounds despite sanctions-hit Russia plunge Beside sparkling Mediterranean waters at the Cypriot resort town of Ayia Napa, the bars are bouncing with foam dance parties as tourist numbers rebound following two tough years of pandemic. But one key nationality is effectively missing: Russian visitors, as the once lucrative market has been hit by European Union sanctions imposed after Moscow invaded Ukraine. "This year, we expected 800,000 Russian tourists," said Haris Loizides, head of the Cyprus Hotel Association. The Russian market "was wiped out from one day to the next," said Christos Angelides, head of the Pancyprian Association of Hotel Managers. "Nobody was prepared for this huge change.

A thousand cases of COVID-19 were detected on Sunday August 7 on the island of Hainan, south of China. Local authorities have canceled all flights and trains.

Tourists blocked in stations and airports

China is the only large country which continues to apply an zero covid strategy: the country imposes confinements and long quarantines which penalize local tourism. bars, restaurants, public transport ... on the island of Hainan, in the south of the country, everything is closed. hundreds of tourists even found themselves blocked in airports and stations. They sometimes sleep there on the ground. The Chinese government has promised 50% discounts in certain hotels to accommodate unhappy tourists. Without indicating how long they will have to stay in this way, prisoners at their vacation location.

China to restart military drills as more U.S. lawmakers, including 2 Californians, visit Taiwan .
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has met with another delegation of U.S. Congress members weeks after Nancy Pelosi's visit sparked fury in Beijing.Taiwanese media showed the delegation arriving for the talks, but details of the meeting were not immediately released. The delegation was due to depart later Monday on a U.S. government plane.

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