China's one-day Qingming Festival travel income up nearly 30%, showing solid recovery
04/06/2023|4:12:47 PM|Global Times

China's tourism sector continued its strong rebound, with travel income from one-day trips during the Qingming Festival on Wednesday growing by nearly 30% year-on-year, showing robust potential in post-epidemic consumption.

In total, about 23.77 million domestic trips were made nationwide on Wednesday, an increase of 22.7% from last year's trips, and domestic tourism revenue is expected to reach RMB 6.52 billion (USD 950 million), an increase of 29.1% over the same period in 2022, data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism showed on Wednesday. 

During the Qingming Festival holiday, 12,635 of the 14,952 A-level tourist attractions across the country were open, or 84.5% of the total, the ministry said. 

China State Railway Group, the national railway operator, also said the travel peak from April 1 to April 3 saw 11.75 million passenger trips each day.

Extending the robust rebound in the Qingming Festival, the Chinese tourism sector is expected to welcome another peak during the May Day holidays, as tickets for some popular routes have been sold out.

As of Monday, the number of air ticket bookings for the May Day holidays in Xishuangbanna, Beijing, Sanya (South China's Hainan), Zhuhai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen (South China's Guangdong), Chengdu (Southwest China's Sichuan) has exceeded that of the same period in 2019, Qunar said. 

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