China’s Golden Week tourism revenues drop 5% year-on-year as COVID-19 brakes persist
BEIJING, Oct. 7 (Reuters) – Tourism revenues in China during the Golden Week holidays that end on Thursday fell nearly 5% year-on-year, state media reported, as coronavirus restrictions persist also recorded a decrease in the total number of trips undertaken.
The seven-day holiday in China from Oct. 1-7 to mark the national holiday is one of the country’s busiest travel times and an indicator of consumer demand in the world’s second-largest economy.
Domestic tourism revenues totaled 389.06 billion yuan ($ 60.36 billion), the official People’s Daily reported on Thursday, the last day of the holiday, citing data from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
It was down 4.7% year-over-year and still below 60% of income recorded the same week before the pandemic.
China has largely contained the spread of the coronavirus since it emerged in the central city of Wuhan in China in late 2019.
He did not record any locally transmitted infection on Wednesday, after controlling recent epidemics in Fujian and Heilongjiang provinces which had seen authorities tighten restrictions on the movement of people.
The ministry also recorded 515 million domestic tourist trips through China in the seven days, representing a 1.5% year-on-year decline and just over 70% from pre-pandemic levels, a declared the People’s Daily.
China gets back to work on Friday. Saturday has also been designated as a working day. ($ 1 = 6.4452 yuan Chinese renminbi) (Beijing Newsroom report; written by Tom Daly Editing by Gareth Jones)