China’s Golden Week revenue hits $120b

Arriving passengers throng one of the exits of Nanjing railway station, at the end of China’s Golden Week holiday on Sunday. The revenue of 599 billion yuan from domestic tourists during the week-long National Day holiday marked a year-on-year incr
Arriving passengers throng one of the exits of Nanjing railway station, at the end of China’s Golden Week holiday on Sunday. The revenue of 599 billion yuan from domestic tourists during the week-long National Day holiday marked a year-on-year increase of 9.04 per cent, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING • China's tourism industry raked in over 599 billion yuan (S$119.8 billion) in revenue from domestic tourists during the week-long Golden Week or National Day holiday, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced yesterday.

The figure marked a year-onyear increase of 9.04 per cent in revenue generated from domestic tourists, the ministry said in a statement.

Chinese tourists made 726 million visits to parks, scenic spots and museums, including attending concerts and other recreational and cultural activities, during the holiday – up 9.43 per cent from a year earlier, according to the statement.

"Red tourism", which features visits to revolutionary sites, was popular during the holiday which ended on Sunday, said the ministry.

Citing one example, it said that Gutian Township in the southeastern province of Fujian – where a landmark gathering in 1929 established the principle of absolute leadership of the Chinese Communist Party over the army – received 256,000 tourists, a rise of 35.6 per cent on an annual basis.

Data also revealed that during the holiday, over 90 per cent of tourists took part in culturerelated activities, such as art festivals, music shows, cultural relic exhibitions and traditional craftsmanship shows.

More than 40 per cent visited museums, galleries, libraries or science and technology centres. During the first half of this year, some 2.8 billion domestic trips were made in China - up 11.4 per cent over the previous year.

China's domestic tourism industry earned about 3.9 trillion yuan in 2016, and the country plans to raise tourism revenue to 7 trillion yuan by 2020.

Meanwhile, data complied by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) showed that about six million Chinese from nearly 300 cities travelled to 1,155 cities in 88 countries or regions during the National Day holiday.

Russia was the most popular destination for Chinese tourists, followed by Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, while Moscow was the most popular city, followed by St Petersburg, Bangkok, Pattaya, and Singapore, the CNTA data showed.

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