China is expected to record 550 million domestic tourist trips.
China is expected to record 550 million domestic tourist trips during the upcoming eight-day holidays around the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, which begins October 1. This news comes from the latest forecast by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It’s the first long public holiday since China brought its COVID-19 outbreak under control.
So far, more than 500 scenic locations across the country have introduced free entry, discounted tickets or other preferential arrangements. Airfares have also been reduced and hotel prices are reduced by as much as 30 percent, which has led many travelers to go on excursions.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism predicts that domestic tourism revenue will reach 410 billion Yuan (about $ 61 billion).
Short-haul trips will likely be the most popular choice for vacation travel. Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces and the capital Beijing will be the main travel destinations, while Chongqing City, Shanghai Metropolis, Shandong Province and Sichuan Province and other regions will be the main sources for tourists. Those born in the 1980s and 1990s will spearhead the surge in domestic travel, with young adults born in the 1990s accounting for about 60 percent of travelers.
Precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic are being taken at all tourist attractions and recreational areas, including by limiting the number of reservations, restricting the flow of movement and carrying out the necessary health checks.
Beijing Capital International Airport is expected to peak on October 1st with nearly 84,000 departing passengers, while passengers will peak on October 7th with around 89,000 arriving passengers. In addition, data from Beijing’s Daxing International Airport shows it will receive more than 750,000 vacationers, with an average daily passenger volume of 95,000. According to preliminary estimates, the total passenger volume at the two airports will be around three million during the eight-day holiday.