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Tourism boom expected during holiday

09-27-2010 11:01 BJT

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A travel boom is expected during China's 7-day National Day holiday, according the National Holiday Office. With several days to go, many routes are fully booked, and prices are soaring along with demand.

The National Holiday Office forecasts this year's National Day Holiday will see a travel boom, both at home and abroad.

Shao Qiwei, Director of National Holiday Office said "During the National Day holiday, the total number of tourists traveling domestically is expected to reach 210 million - 18 percent higher than a year earlier. And the number of tourists going abroad is forecast to reach 1.8 million, 12 percent up year on year. The expected increases are rather significant."

The World Expo in Shanghai is expected to be the most popular destination during the holiday. The Expo is drawing to a close next month, and many are taking the last-ditch opportunity to visit.

The National Holiday Office says more than 50 percent of hotel rooms have been booked for the holiday period, in some domestic tourist spots. The figures are as high as 70 percent in some sought-after locations.

And many tourists are opting for international destinations. Holiday packages to popular spots such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia were fully booked as early as a month ago.

The tourist boom has pushed up prices. For example, a trip to Taiwan used to cost around 6 thousand yuan. But now, the same package costs an additional 600 yuan.

There are also increased expenses in traveling to China's special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao. Tourists have to pay as much as 40 percent more than usual.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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