May holidays see double-digit boost
The domestic tourism industry is likely to see sound and rapid growth in the years to come, experts said, with official estimates pointing to double-digit growth in revenue during this year's May holidays.
About 149 million Chinese people are believed to have gone on trips during the May holidays from Sunday to Tuesday, according to a report by State broadcaster China Media Group on Sunday, citing a recent survey released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The trips during the three-day holidays are expected to have generated 88 billion yuan (USD 13.87 billion) in revenue for the domestic tourism industry.
That would be an 11 percent jump from last year's figures, when 134 million trips were made, producing revenue of 79.1 billion yuan, according to official data. And the 2017 figures were 14.4 percent and 16.2 percent higher, respectively, than in 2016.
Among the people surveyed, 31.2 percent chose short-distance trips, resulting in a hot sub-market. The percentage choosing Beijing, Qinhuangdao in North China's Hebei Province, and Dalian in Northeast China's Liaoning Province - the top three short-trip destinations - were 17.6 percent, 12.5 percent and 12.2 percent, respectively.
Leisure and sightseeing remain the top reasons for May holiday travels, noted the report.
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