Vacationers from Asian international locations return to San Francisco as COVID journey restrictions loosen

Vacationers from Asian international locations return to San Francisco as COVID journey restrictions loosen

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco is lastly beginning to see vacationers return from Asia. Extra guests have been arriving at San Francisco Worldwide Airport from international locations like South Korea, Taiwan and Japan over the previous few months. Many Asian international locations have lifted COVID-19 journey restrictions.

SFO is seeing extra guests with every passing day, based on Worldwide Commerce Administration Information.

The variety of South Korean guests arriving at SFO has greater than doubled between Sept. 2021 and 2022.

Guests from Taiwan have jumped from about 2,000 to almost 10,000 over the identical time-frame.

Joe D’Alessandro is president and CEO of SF Journey.

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“In 2019, the final yr earlier than the pandemic, 63% of all tourism spending in San Francisco was by worldwide guests. So the worldwide market is extremely necessary for San Francisco,” mentioned D’Alessandro.

Greater than one million guests got here from Asia.

“China was primary,” mentioned D’Alessandro.

In line with SF Journey, Chinese language vacationers accounted for one-tenth of all the cash spent by worldwide guests. China nonetheless has but to carry its COVID journey restrictions.

Journey agent Edward Siu, who owns basic tour, is counting down the times.

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Earlier than that pandemic, Siu mentioned SF noticed many as 5,000 vacationers from China each month.

Our motels cannot wait, says Alex Bastian CEO of lodge council of San Francisco.

“We’re enthusiastic about that and the place we might be in 2023,” mentioned Bastian. “We’re open for enterprise. We’re enthusiastic about enhance journey to San Francisco.”

Many individuals say getting worldwide guests again to San Francisco will make an enormous distinction for our motels, our eating places, our shops.

“Getting worldwide guests again to San Francisco goes to assist loads of our small companies. It will get folks again to work,” mentioned D’Alessandro

Business consultants say it’s going to be years, probably not till 2025, earlier than we are going to see pre-pandemic tourism numbers once more.

Vacationers from Asian international locations return to San Francisco as COVID journey restrictions loosen

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco is lastly beginning to see vacationers return from Asia. Extra guests have been arriving at San Francisco Worldwide Airport from international locations like South Korea, Taiwan and Japan over the previous few months. Many Asian international locations have lifted COVID-19 journey restrictions. SFO is seeing extra guests with every…