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