Chinese travel giant Trip.com announced the donation to help combat the spread of COVID-19
Trip.com, a worldwide leading online travel services provider, announced a global initiative that will see the donation of 1 million surgical masks to support the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. The initiative has seen the delivery and allocation of surgical mask supplies to various countries. Italy, Japan, Serbia, Korea, Germany, France, Spain, UK, USA, Canada and Australia will each receive some 100,000 surgical facial masks, according to Trip.com.
Amid the ongoing economic slowdown and deteriorating economy, the COVID-19 epidemic has already shaken tourism industry as well. For example, without a steady stream of visitors from outside the bloc, the European tourism industry alone is said to experience an estimated financial loss of roughly €1 billion per month, European Commissioner for Internal Markets Thierry Breton had announced on Monday. Why the donation? It is crucial at this moment in the global fight against the epidemic that all countries come together and support each other, to secure a victory for humanity. The move to donate masks is the latest in a series of actions taken by the online travel services provider to minimize impact, and beat the epidemic.
In early March, Trip.com started a revival plan involving 1 billion yuan for the tourism industry with its partners from home and abroad. The supportive fund is included in the travel agency’s latest released V plan to revive the badly hit Chinese tourism industry. According to the V plan, also announced on Thursday, Trip.com will return 50 percent of the marketing fees to hotels affected by the epidemic. Other life service providers will be exempted from commissions for a year. Over 3,700 of China’s “A-level” designated scenic tourist attractions are now open, which represents 30% of the total that were closed. Almost all the retail stores that were previously shuttered have also reopened their doors, including flights.
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