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Coronavirus ban puts quarter of Chinese tourism to Australia at risk

Those travelling individually, on business, for official reasons or to study are also not covered by the ban, which is of unclear duration.

Margy Osmond, chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum, said that, while tour groups were an important market, independent travellers were an increasingly important segment of the market.

A Chinese embassy spokesman referred requests for comment to the state media reports.

But Philip Pearce, Australia‘s first professor of tourism, said he expected the ban to be extended to different categories of travellers or ports or origin over the coming month as China grapples with the coronavirus‘ outbreak.