According to predictions by the China National Tourism Administration, between October 1 and 8 around 710 million trips will be made, with national tourism revenue reaching 590 billion yuan (USD 90 billion), up 10 and 12.2 percent respectively on the same period last year.
Online tourism website Ctrip.com reported on Monday that the top 10 overseas destinations for Chinese during the holiday will be Thailand, Japan, Singapore, the U.S., Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia and Russia. The top 10 destinations within China will be Beijing, Yunnan, Hainan, Zhejiang, Guangxi, Fujian, Sichuan, Hunan, Shanghai and Guangdong.
The tourism boom comes as China tries to wean its economy off an over-reliance on exports and heavy industries, and instead shifts to a growth model that draws strength from consumption, innovation and the service sector. The tourism industry is considered a driver for growth, as it boosts profitability in sectors ranging from hospitality to transportation and catering.
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