The toll on travel and hospitality could be worse than during the SARS epidemic when Chinese travelers were a smaller group than they are today.
Although the vast majority had left before the travel restrictions took effect, the prospect of a record-breaking year was gone.
Trip.com Group is still interested in acquisitions, not simply for market share but also know-how.
The outbreak will hit Asia Pacific economies, particularly in retail, restaurants, conferences, sporting events, tourism and commercial aviation.
British Airways and United Airlines are among the latest to cut flights while China Southern appears particularly vulnerable.
For travel brands, offering thoughtful communications and assistance to both travelers and corporate partners at the time will be much appreciated.
Luxury brands are the best prepared to cater to their Chinese clients.
The deal further accelerates the growing rivalry between Google and travel giant Expedia.
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