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Travel spree boosts domestic consumption

10-06-2012 23:40 BJT Special Report:2012 National Day Holiday |

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The swelling number of tourists at China's major tour sites during the national day holiday far exceeded the capacity of many of these attractions. Although an information sharing platform has been put into use this year at major popular tour sites, many places struggled to cope.

Over 180,000 visitors in a single day took in Beijing’s Palace Museum, setting a record high. Tour sites in Nanjing saw inflows of over 900,000 tourists by Thursday, 10-times recommended levels.

But alternatives are limited, as the 8-day holiday is among the few holidays long enough to travel, tourists say. A professor from Tsinghua University says the congestion is due to ineffective implementation of paid holidays in China.

But there is good news for domestic consumption. Bank of America Merrill Lynch says 18.2 million travellers in the first 4 days of the holiday, generated sales revenue of over 900 million yuan across the country, almost a 25 percent increase from a year earlier.


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