Self-drive hol­i­day­mak­ers spend more

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

More than 60 per­cent of do­mes­tic hol­i­days be­ing taken in China are now “self-drive”, ac­cord­ing to new re­search, prompt­ing calls for an ex­pan­sion of the coun­try’s high­way net­work and bet­ter road­side hos­pi­tal­ity fa­cil­i­ties.

The study, which sur­veyed tourists at ho­tels and tourist at­trac­tions in 40 cities in Jiangsu, Zhe­jiang and An­hui prov­inces and in Shang­hai, said that self-drive hol­i­days con­trib­uted more than 100 bil­lion yuan ($15.68 bil­lion) to those re­gions’ tourism in­come, and 1 tril­lion yuan na­tion­ally.

“Some 300 mil­lion li­censed driv­ers, and in­creas­ing num­bers of pri­vate cars, have made self-drive tour­ing part of their lifestyles, said Wang Zheng, the deputy head and a re­searcher at Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences, which com­piled the fig­ures.

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