Dragon Boat Festival 端午节
Travel peak expected over holiday 端午小长假将迎出游热
The domestic tourism market is expected to peak during the coming Dragon Boat Festival holiday later this week, despite recent reported clusters of new COVID-19 infections in parts of the country, industry observers said.
Tourist attractions across the country are expected to see an increase of 226% in tourist spending compared with before the holiday, according to a report by the Meituan Research Institute.
Ten provincial regions are estimated to see the strongest recovery in tourism, while Beijing will see a drop in local tourism due to new clusters of COVID-19 infections that have been reported since June 11.
Price cuts in flight tickets may also increase people's desire to travel.
According to Meituan, airfares dropped 30% compared with the previous Dragon Boat Festival holiday due to the epidemic, causing reservations to increase by 20% year-on-year for the period.
Five cities - Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Xi'an and Chongqing - are the most popular destinations for travelers booking air tickets.