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China: Labor Day holiday travel spending down 43% due to COVID-19

Tourists at the international airport in Beijing, China on March 23, 2022. (Photo courtesy: Reuters)

This is government data China announced in the context that restrictive measures to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic deployed nationwide are being tightened, affecting people’s spending.

China’s domestic tourism revenue fell to 64.7 billion yuan, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China. 160 million trips made in holiday season above, marking a decrease of 30.2% year-on-year.

Traditionally, the International Workers’ Day holiday in China runs from April 30 to May 4 and is one of China’s busiest travel seasons as spring turns to summer. However, this year’s holiday has been interrupted due to COVID-19 outbreak largest in China since the disease first appeared in Wuhan at the end of 2019.

Last week, hotels across China slashed prices by as much as 50%, with room rates in many cities in the country falling to five-year lows, Reuters news agency reported last week. In particular, the hotels have prepared themselves for the situation of the decrease in the number of tourists.

China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that the COVID-19 prevention and control policy has affected urban and rural residents nationwide.

China: Tourism spending during the International Labor Day holiday decreased by 43% due to COVID-19 - Photo 1.

Chinese tourists spent 43% less during the five-day Labor Day holiday. (Photo: EPA)

Low tourist traffic in popular domestic destinations. In particular, Hainan Island, Jiuzhaigou scenic area and famous freshwater lake West Lake in Hangzhou city all reported large drops in visitor numbers.

The hotel occupancy rate in Sanya, a tourist destination on Hainan island famous for its duty-free shopping, was just 20.6% during the holiday season, according to data from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Country.

Dozens of cities across China have imposed full or partial closure orders to stem the spread of COVID-19, including Shanghai, the country’s most populous city.

The capital Beijing has also imposed travel restrictions and closed many entertainment and tourist attractions, including the Universal Studios resort in the city.

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