‘Golden Week’ tourism set to hit record highs

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China's “Golden Week” hol­i­day is set to jus­tify its ti­tle with a surge in tourism rev­enue, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by China Tourism Academy and Ctrip, an on­line travel agent.

The sur­vey, based on an analysis of more than 1.7 bil­lion Ctrip app users, said China's ma­jor tourist des­ti­na­tions are ex­pected to re­ceive a to­tal of 589 mil­lion vis­i­tors dur­ing the hol­i­day, up 12 per­cent from last year. Tourism in­come should rise 13.5 per­cent to 478 bil­lion yuan ($70 bil­lion) dur­ing the pe­riod.

The hol­i­day spree is also likely to give rise to pub­lic com­plaints about crowded pub­lic trans­porta­tion, des­ti­na­tions and restau­rants as well as gen­eral traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from China Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion, on Satur­day, the first day of the hol­i­day, a record of 14.4 mil­lion pas­sen­gers trav­eled, up 15 per­cent year-on-year.

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