Thriving Holiday Trips During China's New Year

Thriving Holiday Trips During China's New YearThriving Holiday Trips During China's New Year

Tourism was booming in China during the New Year's holidays, with passenger flow and tourist revenue both seeing quick growth, official data showed on Monday.

A total of 133 million tourists traveled around the country during the three-day holiday period, generating 75.5 billion yuans (about $11.6 billion) of revenue, according to the China National Tourism Administration, reported.

The two figures represented increases of 11.08% and 11.22% year on year respectively, the CNTA said.

The market remained stable as rural tourism and snow and ice-related tourism were popular among tourists.

The booming tourism was accompanied by busy traffic. On Sunday, 8.732 million passengers traveled by train, 17.3% higher year on year, according to China Railway Corporation.

To meet high traffic demand, the company added 261 temporary trains on Monday.

China's domestic tourism industry earned about 3.9 trillion yuans ($600 billion) in 2016, and the country plans to raise tourism revenue to 7 trillion yuans ($1 trillion) by 2020.

The nation will work to develop tourism into a major driver of economic transformation. By 2020, investment in tourism is expected to grow to 2 trillion yuans ($300 billion), and the sector will contribute more than 12% of GDP growth, according to a State Council five-year tourism plan (2016-2020).


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