Along with the easing of recent COVID-19 resurgences, China's tourism industry is expected to see a rebound during the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, with total trips across the country jumping at least 20%, experts and industry insiders said on Monday.
Ahead of the three-day holiday, many Chinese localities have recently announced the resumption of inter-provincial tour groups, while two of China's megacities that have been hit by recent COVID-19 outbreaks - Beijing and Shanghai - are also relaxing strict anti-epidemic measures and picking up business resumptions.
The Beijing municipal government said on Saturday that hotels, homestays and agritourism farms in five of the capital's suburban areas were allowed to resume business from Sunday.
Following the announcement, searches for homestays in Beijing's outskirts via Chinese short-term lodging rental platform Tujia soared by 200% day-on-day as of noon on Sunday, according to data Tujia sent to the Global Times.
Searches for hotels in Beijing's suburban areas on domestic online travel agency (OTA) Qunar jumped by 100% on Sunday.
In addition, thanks to the easing of travel restrictions across provinces and cities, there is also a strong desire among residents to take long-distance trips.
Sales of train tickets for the first day of the three-day holiday (from Friday to June 5) started on Monday, and bookings for tickets increased over 20% day-on-day as of Monday at noon, according to data Qunar sent to the Global Times.
At least 19 provinces and municipalities in China have handed out consumption coupons worth 5 billion yuan, which will inject fresh momentum into on-site consumption and rapidly boost the consumption demand of local residents.
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