China's domestic tourism market is showing an upswing in short-distance tour reservations for the National Day holiday mainly due to the effective COVID-19 containment measures that have brought recent local outbreaks under control across the country.
Travel agencies said that orders for tourism products for the seven-day break, from Saturday to Oct 7, have continuously grown since Mid-Autumn Festival, which fell on Sept 10. They said the National Day holiday will bring the first travel peak since summer.
Data from online travel portal Tuniu show that its orders for travel products in the holiday rose by 38% from Sept 11 to Sept 17 compared with the previous week.
Trip.com Group said reservations for holiday tours are steadily increasing, with recent daily growth exceeding 30%. Tongcheng Travel, another portal, said online searches for its tour products for the holiday rose by 172% last week and searches for flight tickets and hotels increased by 136%.
Tuniu said that around 64% of its users decided to take short-distance tours in the coming holiday, and residents of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong province showed the most enthusiasm for these short trips.
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