China expects post-COVID-19 tourism surge as Japan hunkers down
04/26/2020|5:12:34 PM|Kyodo News

As many Japanese laments their loss of travel plans over the upcoming Golden Week holidays from late April to early May, more than 80 million Chinese are expected to enjoy what is likely their first vacation since the recent coronavirus lockdowns.

The upcoming Labor Day Holiday set to take place from May 1 to 5, will be the "first real peak" of tourism in China this year, according to a report by Group, China's largest online travel operator.

The company expects to see twice as many travelers during the five-day weekend compared with the 43 million recorded during the Qingming tomb-sweeping festival earlier this month.

But safety remains a major concern for many travelers during this year's May holiday, the report showed, with increased demand for quality vacations.

The majority of hotel bookings on the company's platform have been made with four- and five-star hotels and online car rental reservations continue to soar as customers prioritize freedom, privacy and hygiene, according to

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