Mid-Autumn Festival tourism hit by Covid restrictions

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The number of trips made during China’s three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday fell, with tourism revenue also falling, official data showed, as Covid-19 rules discouraged people from travelling.

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 percent to 28.68 billion yuan, 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.

During the Mid-Autumn Festival, a holiday that usually involves family gatherings, trips by road fell 37% to 48.18 million and those by boat fell 15% to 1.54 million, reported Monday on state television.

According to the CCTV report, people made 1.28 million air trips in China, nearly 60 percent lower than the corresponding vacation last year. (Reuters)

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