According to the agency, the revenue of the tourism industry during the period amounted to more than 26.5 billion yuan (about 3.8 billion US dollars). This is 4 percent more than the amount received in the same period last year.
China’s cultural and tourism market operated in a stable and orderly manner during the holiday that ended on January 2. During the holidays, short-distance tours were in particular demand among travelers, while young people, as before, preferred snow and ice entertainment and camping, the ministry noted.
The data also shows a solid recovery in domestic medium- and long-haul tourism, the agency added. In particular, some online travel agencies have reported a marked increase in bookings for vacation trips that travel to other provinces or cross borders.