Summer tourism has bounced back in China as prominent scenic spots reopen, most provinces allow inter-provincial travel, and many areas and attractions offer free tickets. Industry analysts expect this year's summer tourism season to be better than last year, as the improved epidemic prevention and control situation is providing much-needed confidence.
As a sign of the accelerated tourism recovery, the Universal Beijing Resort has reopened with limited capacity. Tickets can be booked within a 30-day period, and all guests are required to provide a 48-hour negative nucleic acid test result, and show their health code and reservation code, an employee from the resort told the Global Times on Sunday.
The resort resumed operations on Saturday after a suspension of nearly two months and was top among all searches for theme parks across the country on domestic online travel platform Qunar.
Data from Chinese online travel platform Trip.com showed that in the week ended on June 21, the number of cross-provincial group tour bookings rose 291% from the previous week, and cross-provincial hotel bookings were up 151% on a weekly basis.
To encourage summer tourism, nearly 500 scenic spots across China have announced free tickets or discounts for special groups, such as students and medical workers, in a bid to revive tourism, after COVID-19 flare-ups in many Chinese cities were contained, according to Trip.com.
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