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Holiday sees further revival in tourism
updated on:2020-06-29 08:32

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said attractions around the country received over 48.8 million visitors during the three-day break from June 25 to 27 - just over half the number in the same period last year.

Tourism-related revenue over the holiday totaled 12.3 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) - about 31.2 percent of that in 2019.

By comparison, tourist numbers nationwide were down more than 60 percent year-on-year for the three-day Tomb Sweeping Day holiday in early April. The performance for the May Day holiday was better, with numbers down just over 40 percent, but it lasted five days this year and just four last year.

The five provinces that received the most tourists during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday were Guangdong, Sichuan, Henan, Shandong and Jiangsu, while the strongest recoveries in tourism were seen in the provinces of Hebei, Hainan and Sichuan.

Strict COVID-19 control measures implemented nationwide during the holiday made reservations for visits common.

Wang Xiaosong, president of Lvmama, an online travel agency in Shanghai, said that making reservations has become a new habit for tourists as coronavirus prevention work is normalized.

"About 80 percent of our users reserved their packages on the platform during the holiday to make sure they could get access to attractions," he said. "Of course, they still care most about sanitation conditions and the safety of the destination."

By June 22, 10,064 domestic attractions had reopened to tourists, but they must limit numbers to 30 percent of their maximum reception capacity to maintain social distancing.

Short-distance tours - seen as being safer - were also preferred by tourists during the holiday.

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