Extended May Day holiday boosts Chinese tourism significantly

Published on : Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The May Day holiday, which has got extended this year, has boosted tourism as tens of millions of Chinese travellers, youngsters in particular, raced to visit popular destinations at home and abroad, Chinese media reported on Monday.


The country saw 195 million tourists during the four-day holiday that ended on Saturday, an increase of 13.7 per cent from the previous year, pushing tourism revenue to nearly 118 billion yuan (USD 17.5 billion), according to statistics released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.


The national holiday was extended to four days this year which led to higher tourism spending.


Citing figures from Lvmama.com, a major online tourist agency, the report said that ticket sales for museums, historical towns and similar attractions surged 20 percent during the holiday.


The longer vacation also fuelled more outbound visits, it said, adding Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka were the four most popular destinations for air ticket buyers.


Online travel service Ctrip said that more than half of its May Day holiday clients belonged to that age group, while clients born in the 1960s and 1970s accounted for 27 per cent.


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