Res­i­dents seize their chance to travel

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By SU ZHOU suzhou@chi­

More than 2 mil­lion Hangzhou res­i­dents have made plans to travel dur­ing the seven-day hol­i­day they’ve been given for the G20 Sum­mit in the city, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Ctrip, one of China’s lead­ing on­line travel ser­vice providers.

All non-es­sen­tial govern­ment per­son­nel were en­cour­aged to take time off dur­ing the sum­mit to re­duce pres­sure on pub­lic trans­porta­tion and avoid in­con­ve­nience brought by the sum­mit. The va­ca­tion started on Thurs­day and runs un­til next Wed­nes­day.

Ctrip said that after the sum­mer va­ca­tion, many cities have seen fewer trav­el­ers; how­ever, the case in Hangzhou is the op­po­site.

The city has more than 7 mil­lion res­i­dents. Many provinces have in­tro­duced pref­er­en­tial poli­cies to at­tract them. For ex­am­ple, Guizhou prov­ince an­nounced that all scenic spots will waive en­trance fees for Hangzhou res­i­dents.

So far, the num­ber of trav­el­ers de­part­ing from Hangzhou has sur­passed that of last year’s Na­tional Day Hol­i­day, which is one of the busi­est pe­ri­ods for China’s tourism in­dus­try.

Ctrip said the trips Hangzhou res­i­dents make dur­ing the sum­mit could reach five times as many as those dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

In2014, pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees in Bei­jing got a six-day break dur­ing the APEC meet­ing, and res­i­dents of the cap­i­tal took the op­por­tu­nity to travel.

Shen Wei, 33, who lives near West Lake, said he is tak­ing his son to Dis­ney­land in Shang­hai.

“I am happy to see Dis­ney­land is less crowded and the ticket is cheaper now,” Shen said. “Dur­ing the APEC meet­ing, we were jeal­ous of Bei­jing res­i­dents. Now I think they are all jeal­ous of us.”

Fan Xuguang, Ctrip’s pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer, said 67 per­cent of Hangzhou trav­el­ers chose to stay in China, and most of them vis­ited neigh­bor­ing tourism des­ti­na­tions, such as Shang­hai, Jiangsu prov­ince and other cities in Zhe­jiang.

The break is ex­pected to fur­ther boost tourism to over­seas des­ti­na­tions. Thai­land is No 1 on the list. One out of four out­bound tourists from Hangzhou went to Thai­land. South Korea, Ja­pan, Sin­ga­pore also saw many vis­i­tors.

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