The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, may have affected global commerce and tourism in recent weeks, but it is likely to have little to no impact on tourism in East Nusa Tenggara, according to the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA).ASITA chairman Abed Frans said this was due to the fact that Chinese visitors only accounted for a small percentage of annual foreign tourist arrivals in East Nusa Tenggara.“Our tourism is free from any disruption caused by the deadly virus, as Chinese tourists only represent a small number of foreign visitors in East Nusa Tenggara,” he said in Kupang on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that the province mostly received an influx of tourists from Australia, the United States and Europe. He said the viral outbreak had yet to have a significant impact on Indonesia in general, since China remained the number two biggest international tourism contributor to the country after Malaysia.Read also: [UPDATED] Suspected Wuhan coronavirus in Indonesia: What we know so far“We feel grateful for the government’s decision to halt all flights to and from China for the foreseeable future as part of an effort to break the virus’ global infection chain,” Abed added.Indonesia imposed a travel ban to and from mainland China on Wednesday, preventing people who have been in China in the previous two weeks from visiting or transiting in the Southeast Asian country amid fears about the spread of the coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan.Read also: ‘It will start at midnight’: Indonesia insists on travel ban despite China’s protestThe government has also suspended visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.As of Wednesday, the coronavirus had killed at least 492 people in mainland China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines and spread to more than 20 countries, according to Johns Hopkins CSSE. (rfa/wng)Topics :
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Indinaapolis, In. — Republican state representative from Greensburg, Randy Frye, has been endorsed for re-election to House Dist. 67 by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s non-partisan political action program, Indiana Business for Responsive Government (IBRG).“Through your leadership and voting record in support of a pro-jobs, pro-economy agenda, Indiana has become a national leader on so many issues and measurements of economic success,” said Kevin M. Brinegar, President and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. “Your support for economic and free enterprise issues has really made a difference, and that’s something you should really be proud of. There are big challenges and issues remaining and emerging for our state. We need your proven leadership to keep Indiana on track to success,” Brinegar said.“I appreciate the endorsement of the Indiana Chamber,” Frye said. “Among my priorities is to work to continue the progress that has been made in Next Level Indiana initiatives.”Frye is a member of the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee and the Roads and Transportation Committee, and serves as chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. He is a retired firefighter and business owner.House Dist. 67 includes parts or all of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.