China’s tourism sector has recovered to pre-pandemic levels after the lifting of tough Covid-19 restrictions, with travelers out during the Lunar New Year holidays.
According to online travel agency Trip.com, bookings for hotels, B&B hotels and tourist tickets for the first four days of Chinese New Year on Wednesday surpassed bookings for the same period in 2019 before the pandemic.
According to Trip.com on Wednesday, B&B hotel bookings have more than doubled year-on-year, while tourist ticket bookings have increased by more than 50% year-on-year.
Travel agents also said the government’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions has also boosted outbound travel during the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday. According to Trip.com, outbound air ticket bookings by mainland travelers more than quadrupled compared to a year ago, and outbound hotel bookings more than doubled. increased to Hong Kong and Macau were the top two destinations for mainland travelers, followed by Bangkok, Singapore and Phuket.
Similar data released by Alibaba’s travel arm Fliggy on Thursday showed hotel bookings in China surpassing the same period in 2019. In his first four days of Chinese New Year, the area has doubled.
China abruptly ended its three-year Covid-free policy in December, and infections surged across the country in the weeks that followed. China’s Center for Disease Control said on Wednesday that Covid-19 infections in the country may have peaked, with severe cases down 72% from a peak earlier this month and daily deaths of Covid-19 patients peaking. It said it had decreased by 79% since then.
More people went to the movies this year as the effects of the pandemic faded. Box office figures for the first four days of Chinese New Year rose 30.4% from the same period last year and were 11% higher than pre-pandemic levels in 2019, according to data from box office tracker Lighthouse.
Domestic travel data released by China’s Ministry of Transport showed a significant year-on-year increase during the Lunar New Year holidays beginning in early January, but below the levels recorded before the 2019 pandemic.
The number of daily road, rail, air and water passengers was 35.3 million, up 73% from the previous year but down 38.2% from 2019 levels, the ministry said on Thursday. Chinese officials expect about 2.1 billion trips to be made during the Lunar New Year period, which lasts about 40 days, an increase of 99.5% from a year ago, and 2019 will see his total number of trips increase. recovers to 70.3% of
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