Golden Week Revives China’s Domestic Tourism Sector

China saw a total of 637 million trips made across the country during its eight-day Golden Week holiday, running from 1 – 7 October 2020 and generating 466.56 billion yuan ($68.71 billion) in tourism revenue.

Tours both within and between provinces boomed as the sector resumed full operations while normalizing COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as of mid-September, 29,694 travel agencies had resumed operations, accounting for 75.7% of the total, and group tourism recovered to about 40% of the year-earlier level. Online travel companies’ business has recovered to about 40% and star-rated hotels’ business had a recovery rate of 91%.

A report sent by one of China’s largest travel agencies, Ctrip, on Sunday to the Global Times predicted more than 600 million domestic trips, or 70-80% of the normal level. As of mid-September, flight bookings for major domestic routes were up more than 200% from the previous month, and the most popular trains were fully booked.

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