China preps for tourism boom on labour holiday as early bookings rocket past pre-pandemic levels
04/18/2024|11:59:38 AM|SCMP

China is expected to see a robust wave of tourism during the coming labour holiday, with the sector expected to seize the opportunity to consolidate its recovery well above pre-pandemic levels and invigorate the country’s economy through a heavy bout of consumption.

Hong Kong is likely to remain one of the more favoured destinations for travellers leaving mainland China during the period – also known as the labour holiday scheduled to last from May 1 to 5 – and Southeast Asia stands to benefit most from any resurgence, research from tourism platforms and statements from analysts showed.

The volume of visa fee charges for outbound trips during the labour holiday has also exceeded the same period in 2019, according to a report released by Ctrip on Tuesday.“Overall, it is expected that this year’s labour holiday tourism will see a steady increase based on last year’s high enthusiasm,” Ctrip said.

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