Wuhan virus: Tourism sector here preparing for a crisis

Agencies focused on inbound travel already hit hard by China's ban on group tours

Visitors wearing masks as they walk around Marina Bay Sands on Jan 28, 2020. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
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Singapore's tourism sector is preparing for a potential crisis amid the spread of the deadly Wuhan virus and a ban on outbound group tours from China, its biggest source of visitors.

Businesses are gearing up to weather the storm after Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Monday that the sector is of "immediate concern" when it comes to the economic impact of the global outbreak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2020, with the headline Wuhan virus: Tourism sector here preparing for a crisis. Subscribe