Tourism industry in China expected to remain weak early in 2021
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Tourism industry in China expected to remain weak early in 2021

Travellers walk in the departure hall of Beijing South Railway station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations on Wednesday. (Reuters photo)
Travellers walk in the departure hall of Beijing South Railway station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations on Wednesday. (Reuters photo)

China’s tourism industry showed signs of recovery towards the end of last year, but analysts believe holiday spending is unlikely to pick up in coming months.

Some 25.25 million people joined package tours in the fourth quarter, down by nearly half from the same period a year earlier, according to data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Still, participation in package holidays recovered gradually throughout 2020, from 4.98 million in the first quarter at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, to 7.79…

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