Air­borne kids broaden ken dur­ing va­ca­tion

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - ByWANG ZHUOQIONG

Chen Nan, a 36-year-old in Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince, short­listed as­many as five des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Hawaii and Phuket, for a fam­ily sum­mer va­ca­tion. Even­tu­ally, she set­tled for the Soneva­fushi is­land of the Mal­dives and flew her three-year-old son and par­ents there for an eight­day, seven-night hol­i­day.

Full of na­ture’s bounty, the is­land, and its ho­tels, proved to be a to­tally new world for the Chi­nese ur­ban dwellers.

“I chose this is­land be­cause it has the largest kids club in the Mal­dives,” she said. “My son had so much fun and gained much­knowl­edge of the ma­rine life. Movies and tele­vi­sion would never be able to of­fer such a real-life ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Chi­nese Res­i­dents Sum­mer Va­ca­tion Re­port re­leased by LY.com on June 30, nearly 60 per­cent of those sur­veyed said they will go on trips this sum­mer.

More than 37 per­cent of the 1,604 in­ter­vie­wees who an­swered on­line ques­tion­naires said they chosesum­mer for over­seas trips be­cause it is the an­nual school va­ca­tion time for their chil­dren.

About 13 per­cent of those, who were aged above 57, chose sum­mer to avail the spe­cial pro­mo­tions of travel agen­cies.

The LY.com re­port showed nearly half of those sur­veyed had plans to travel in July. And 31 per­cent of them plan to travel this month, while 19 per­cent have no con­firmed plans yet.

Do­mes­tic long-dis­tance tours ac­count for 46 per­cent of the sum­mer trips; vis­its to Chen Nan, neigh­bor­ing coun­tries take up 24 per­cent; and out­bound trips get around 30 per­cent.

About 33 per­cent of in­ter­vie­wees said their sum­mer trip cost more than 5,000 yuan ($753) per per­son. Around 17 per­cent spent be­tween 2,001 yuan and 3,000 yuan their trips.

More than 60 per­cent of those who plan to take over­seas trips have a bud­get of over 5,000 yuan per per­son. And 35.7 per­cent of do­mes­tic long-dis­tance trav­el­ers also plan to spend more than 5,000 yuan. More than 62.1 per­cent of those who choose to visit a near-dis­tance des­ti­na­tion have a bud­get of 2,000 yuan per per­son.

Ac­cord­ing to Ctrip.com In­ter­na­tional Ltd, sum­mer trips with chil­dren re­quire more ser­vices like early checkin, late check-out, free break­fast for chil­dren, free club ac­tiv­i­ties, free ex­tra bed and child care.

One of Ctrip’s sum­mer travel prod­ucts fo­cuses on trips with chil­dren toTai­wan­with­asleep­over at its famed aquar­ium. per per­son on

A trip to Ja­pan takes chil­dren to a dis­as­ter pre­ven­tion and sur­vival cen­ter and a lead­ing sewage pro­cess­ing cen­ter to bet­ter un­der­stand en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Trips for chil­dren are cat­e­go­rized as per age-groups. For ex­am­ple, Ctrip has Sin­ga­pore pack­ages for preschool­ers and school-go­ing chil­dren.

Preschool chil­dren get to see the city-state’s zoos and in­ter­act with an­i­mals. School-go­ing trav­el­ers are taken to Univer­sal Stu­dio and given op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to deepen knowl­edge and prac­tice of sci­ence.

Ctrip found that Chi­nese con­sumers are will­ing to spend more on sum­mer va­ca­tions, with most of them choos­ing to stay at four- and five-star ho­tels.

My son had so much fun and gained much knowl­edge of the ma­rine life.” 36, a mother from Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince

JIN WEN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese girls, all stu­dents from across China, wave the na­tional flag at Tian’an­men Square dur­ing their sum­mer camp in Bei­jing.

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