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Alipay and ‘zero-dollar’ packages: How Chinese tourists are reshaping tourism around the world – China power – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Chinese tourism shopping at a duty free in South Korea

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Alipay and ‘zero-dollar’ packages: How Chinese tourists are reshaping tourism around the world – China power – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This government see everything as a national security issue. They have no policies they are confident of so everythings a secret

Ministers’ desperate dash to stop humiliating danger listing

Greg Hunt will plead face-to-face with World Heritage Committee members in a desperate bi

Greg Hunt will plead face-to-face with World Heritage Committee members in a desperate bid to convince UNESCO not to label the reef “in danger”. (Image digitally altered) Source: CourierMail

The WHC will meet in February and prepare a draft report on Australia’s response to the l

The WHC will meet in February and prepare a draft report on Australia’s response to the loss of half the coral along its 2300km length. picture: Queensland Tourism Source: AP

ENVIRONMENT ministers Greg Hunt and Andrew Powell have flown to Europe for secret talks to stop the Great Barrier Reef being ­declared “in danger” by world heritage watchdogs.

Australian authorities fear that the label could damage the region’s $5.2 billion tourism industry and would be humiliating. The move comes just days after state and federal governments launched a huge repair plan to restore and protect the reef until 2050 – also an ­attempt to avoid the sanction. The pair declined to say who they will talk to and have been at pains to keep the meetings secret because they fear conservationist protesters will interfere in their campaign

The WHC will meet in February and prepare a draft report on Australia’s response to the loss of half the coral along its 2300km length.

The issue will come to a head mid year when a vote will be taken on Australia’s guardianship of one of the seven wonders of the nat­ural world.

Australian Marine Conservation Society spokeswoman Felicity Wishart said Australia should not turn such an important mission into a clandestine event.

“They can lobby all they like but the committee will look at Australia’s actions,” she said. “If the Government thinks spin will win the day, they are sadly mistaken.”