Tourist travel to China hits highest pre-pandemic levels during May 1 break, revenues still falling

People walk along the Nanjing Pedestrian Road, a main shopping area, during the Labor Day holiday, following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China on May 5. 2021. REUTERS / Aly Song

Chinese tourists made around 230 million trips during the extended May 1 holiday as domestic travel surpassed pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, official estimates show Wednesday, although total tourism revenues are still lower .

China celebrated International Labor Day with a five-day holiday from May 1-5, giving workers a long-awaited opportunity to travel to other parts of the country after being urged not to return home for the Lunar New Year in mid-February. to avoid the risk of a resurgence of COVID-19. Read more

The figure of 230 million trips – an estimate from the data center of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism – was up 119.7% from the same period of 2020, when trips were more restricted, and 3 , 2% higher than pre-pandemic levels, as people poured in. to popular destinations, from tropical Hainan to scenic Tibet.

Domestic tourism revenue, though up 138.1% year-over-year, was only 77% of pre-virus levels at 113.23 billion yuan ($ 17.5 billion) , added the ministry.

Online travel giant Group (9961.HK), which expected up to 200 million trips to be made during the period, said its own orders – which include travel, room reservations and tour bookings – for May 1-5 were on the rise. around 270% year on year and up 30% from 2019 levels. Read More

The China State Railway Group expected to carry 17.2 million passengers home on Wednesday, the last day of the vacation, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, up 30% year-on-year.

($ 1 = 6.4730 yuan Chinese renminbi)

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