1st LD-Writethru: Domestic tourism recovering during China's National Day holiday
BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Tourist attractions across China received a total of 637 million visits during the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holiday from Oct. 1 to 8, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Thursday.
The figure represents 79 percent of the visits made during the same holiday last year on a comparable basis.
Tourism revenue reached 466.56 billion yuan (about 68.5 billion U.S. dollars), a recovery of 69.9 percent of the revenue gained in the same period in 2019, according to the ministry.
China celebrates its National Day on Oct. 1. This year the week-long holiday is extended to Oct. 8 as the Mid-Autumn Festival also fell on Oct. 1 this year.
According to statistics from China's major e-commerce platform Meituan, tourism consumption recovered on the whole during the eight-day holiday, with Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi'an, and Chongqing being the top five cities in terms of tourism consumption activity.
An increasing number of tourists chose to spend several days taking in-depth tours of one city during the holiday, according to a big data report released by online travel agency Ctrip.
The report also highlighted the improvement of reservation service at scenic spots as required for epidemic control. Enditem