Australia hopes China tourism boom will resume, but move to screen arrivals could deter visitors

Australia's federal Government requires travellers from China to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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SYDNEY Australia is pinning its hopes on Chinese travellers to reboot its struggling tourism sector, but a controversial decision to screen arrivals from China for Covid-19 is threatening to set back the long-awaited recovery.

Before the pandemic, Chinese tourism to Australia was surging.

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