In­ter­net firms aid fes­tive jour­neys

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By MASI masi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese in­ter­net firms are of­fer­ing ser­vices to help peo­ple ob­tain train tick­ets for the Spring Fes­ti­val travel rush, ar­guably the largest an­nual hu­man mi­gra­tion in the world.

On­line travel agen­cies such as Ctrip.com In­ter­na­tional Ltd and Qu­nar Cay­man Is­lands Ltd claim their on­line soft­ware-driven ticket-buy­ing ser­vices can in­crease the chances of se­cur­ing a train ticket.

Con­sumers need to pay 20 yuan ($2.89) to 200 yuan more per ticket as a com­mis­sion fee.

Ctrip said it had se­cured more than 120,000 train tick­ets by 6pm onWed­nes­day alone.

The eve of the Spring Fes­ti­val, which falls on Jan 27 this year, is the most im­por­tant fes­tiv­ity for Chi­nese peo­ple.

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