Trips made in the first three days of the usual travel peak were down nearly 75 percent year on year.
Hainan will open 160 new domestic and international air routes bringing the total to 646 within five years.
Executives at companies like Accor, IHG, and Hyatt were similarly optimistic about the recovery outlook in China.
The Lunar New Year is seeing that in Hong Kong, more than 50% are looking at exploring international travel.
Chinese consumers are most likely to remain cautious about international travel even after the pandemic ends, so most luxury brands believe that domestic growth will likely continue at about 30%.
The Chinese airline's rise aided by the decline of others.
Retail and hospitality businesses will miss out on $1.4 billion in tourist dollars because of the absence of cashed-up Chinese visitors for Chinese New Year.
Low-altitude tourism in China could reach 4.2 billion passengers in recent years, leading to a market size of RMB 58.5 billion (USD 8.96 billion).
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