Country’s tourism market to get holiday boost

Beijing: China’s tourism market is expected to see a very strong recovery during the upcoming May Day holiday after being hit by the pandemic, industry insiders said.

This year’s May Day vacation lasts longer than usual, extending from the conventional three days to five days, from May 1 to May 5.

People’s growing demand for travel even caused ticket reservation platforms – both the official one and those supported by online travel agencies – to break down for a short period when train tickets for April 30, a day before the start of the May Day holiday, started to sell at noon on Friday.

Booking agent data shows that air traffic during the May Day holiday will surpass that in 2019, and the number of medium- and long-distance trips will increase remarkably, Shang Kejia, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said on Friday.

Figures from travel agencies give solid proof of the upcoming boom.

According to Group, an online travel service provider, reservations for air tickets and hotels on its platform for the five-day holiday rose by 23% and 43%, respectively, compared with the same period in 2019, before the pandemic.

It also estimated that the total domestic trips during this year’s May Day holiday may exceed 200 million roughly the same as that in the four-day May Day holiday in 2019. — China Daily/ANN

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