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China’s Sanya Island getaway shutting down its duty free malls amid COVID outbreak

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Sanya, a top tropical holiday destination on China’s southern Hainan island, began closing its duty free malls on Friday in response to a worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

Since China shut its international borders in early 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, Hainan’s duty-free industry has boomed, becoming a vital channel for global brands from Gucci to Coach, La Mer to L’Oreal to reach Chinese shoppers.

But Sanya International Duty Free City in Haitang Bay, run by China Duty Free Group and Hainan’s largest offshore mall, shut for an undetermined period on Friday to prevent COVID-19 spreading, a post on its Weibo account said.

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