Published on : Wednesday, April 24, 2019
According to the research done by Ctrip, Chinese domestic tourism is expecting 160 million trips during the upcoming Labour Day holiday. Last month, State Council of China had announced that 2019 Labor Day holiday would last four days from May 1 to 4, an extension compared to the one- or three-day holiday seen in recent years.
An executive of Ctrip’s air ticketing service said that since the dates were released, online searches of popular tourist destinations like China’s Chengdu and Kunming have soared.
The executive disclosed that on the day the news was announced, Ctrip saw a growth of 800 percent in searches compared with the previous month, while online searches for international air tickets rose by six times in the same period.
Ctrip also revealed that sales of air tickets for trips during the upcoming Labor Day holiday have sharply increased compared with the same period last year, with hot routes seeing a nearly 40 percent rise.
According to Ctrip data, it is also shown that the top 10 flight destinations in China this Labour Day holiday are cities with pleasant weather, including Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Kunming, Chongqing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing, Xiamen, and Sanya. Many citizens plan to ask for an extra three days off, from April 28 to 30, to create an 8-day vacation to travel abroad.
According to the Ctrip executive, during the upcoming holiday, while the short-haul overseas tourist destinations such as Thailand, Japan, and Indonesia are still popular with Chinese citizens, long-distance destinations like the U.S. and France are expected to welcome more Chinese tourists than they have in previous years.
The flight sales to France have increased by over 18 percent year-on-year, indicating a significant rise in the number of Chinese tourists visiting France during the approaching Labor Day holiday, said the executive.