In the clearest indication that China’s travel industry is bouncing back after almost three years of pandemic-related restrictions, tourists across the country are already gearing up for the upcoming Labor Day vacation in May — two months in advance.
As of Feb. 28, hotel bookings for the five-day holiday on online travel platform Qunar soared 14,400% compared to the same period in 2019, local media reported. Searches for trips and destinations on major travel platforms including Trip.com and Tongcheng have surged as well over the past month.
Experts expect the domestic tourism market to soar during the holiday that spans April 29 to May 3, continuing a revival that started with the Chinese New Year holiday.
While popular destinations for the May Day holiday include Beijing, Shanghai, Changsha, Xi’an, and Chengdu, Sixth Tone found Thursday that several themed rooms in Shanghai’s Disneyland Hotel were already fully booked. Meanwhile, flight bookings doubled on Qunar, mainly driven by travelers from Shanghai, Chengdu, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou.
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