Tourism sees powerful recovery

The just-ended May Day holiday has provided a robust recovery to the tourism market, boosting confidence in its future after the big shocks caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Some 230 million domestic trips were made over the five-day holiday from May 1 to 5, marking a year-on-year rise of 119.7 percent, according to Ministry of Culture and Tourism estimates released on May 5.

Trips were 103.2 percent higher than in the year before the pandemic, in 2019, the ministry said.

Also, tourism-related revenue over the break exceeded 113 billion yuan ($17.5 billion), up 138.1 percent year-on-year, reaching 77 percent of the level before the pandemic.

Travel agencies also reported favorable figures from holiday business. Group, an online travel services provider, said orders placed on its platform for the holiday rose 270 percent year-on-year and were 30 percent higher than the same period in 2019.

The company said that though ministry officials had…

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