China’s Mid-Autumn Festival tourism hit by COVID restrictions

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BEIJING — The number of trips made during China’s three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday declined, with tourism revenue also falling, official data showed, as strict COVID-19 rules discouraged people from traveling .

The number of trips made by tourists fell 16.7 percent from a year earlier to 73.4 million trips during the holidays, which ended on Monday, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Tourism revenue fell 22.8% to 28.68 billion yuan ($4.14 billion), the data showed.

China has fought to contain the highly transmissible variant of Omicron, imposing varying degrees of lockdowns to stop its spread this year and stepping up restrictions and restrictions where necessary.

In the Chinese capital Beijing, people returning to work on Tuesday had to show negative test results within 48 hours, up from 72 hours previously.

Authorities at large have also urged people to refrain from non-essential travel ahead of a week-long National Day holiday next month and a Communist Party congress in mid-October.

“We believe travel for family reunions, tourism and retail sales will be severely impacted in the coming months, including the Golden Week National Day holiday from October 1 through October 7,” said the Japanese brokerage and investment bank Nomura.

“Deteriorating tourism data could lead to further cuts in GDP growth forecasts hitting the streets,” Nomura wrote in a note Tuesday. – Reuters

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