Chinese tourists still willing to travel after the epidemic: Report

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On Friday, the potential demand for tourism remains high for the Chinese after the end of the COVID-19 epidemic, according to a survey report by the Joint Tourism Big Data Lab of China Tourism Academy and Ctrip, the travel agency in leading line in China.

It is likely that next May will see the tourism industry rebound, as 16 percent of respondents showed a willingness to travel that month which corresponds to a five-day holiday, according to the report. The summer season from June to August also turned out to be a popular choice, while 14 percent of them opted for a trip in October, when the seven National Day holidays fall.

When it comes to traveling after the epidemic, safety, vacations, and discounts are considered important elements, and 20% of participants consider safety measures to be essential.

With the improving epidemic situation in China, most favor domestic travel. Specifically, Yunnan Province in southwest China, Hainan Province in southern China, and Shanghai are ranked among the top three national travel options.

When considering the type of transportation, 41% prefer road trips, indicating an increase over previous surveys, which could be attributed to people’s concerns about virus transmissions, while 29% prefer high speed trains.

As for fellow travelers, family members took first place, accounting for 42% of the total. In addition, 45% of respondents prefer self-guided tours, 37% prefer tourist groups and 18% tailor-made trips.

Following the ongoing battle against the new coronavirus, measures to prevent and control China’s epidemic have finally controlled the outbreak of COVID-19. No new domestic infections have been reported in mainland China for three days.

Currently, a large number of tourist attractions across the country have reopened to the public. According to Ctrip, 40% of level 5A scenic spots, the highest level in the country in terms of tourist quality, have resumed bookings through online travel platforms.

(Infographic designed by Qu Bo)