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Flight tickets in high demand for China's upcoming May Day holiday




Flight tickets in high demand for China's upcoming May Day holiday

2024-04-23 16:24 Last Updated At:16:47

Plane ticket booking in China has hit a peak one week ahead of the May Day holiday, with travel platforms observing a surprising shift toward smaller cities as popular destinations.

Beginning on May 1, the holiday affords residents five days off of work and school, fueling a travel frenzy that reflects booming demand for recreation in the country.

Flight ticket reservations on Qunar, a popular online booking platform, have been steadily climbing since mid-April, already exceeding bookings for the same period leading up to the holiday in 2023.

"The overall search volume shows a wavelike rise in the recent month. We can see from the screen that the search volume on April 17 increased by 50 percent compared to that of March 18. In the recent week, the search volume has significantly increased. Based on the current trend, the number of bookings for the May Day holiday is expected to surpass that of last year," said Xiao Peng, a researcher for Qunar's Big Data Research Institute.

Data from several booking platforms show that medium and long-haul travels have become the primary choice for holidaymakers during the five-day break, making up 56 percent of the total orders.

"During the May Day holiday, China's civil aviation is expected to handle 10.1 million passenger trips, up 9.5 percent year on year. The main reason for the popularity of civil aviation is the continuous release of consumption demand," said Shang Kejia, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration under China's Transport Department.

Apart from traditional tourist destinations, travelers have gradually shown more interest in smaller cities or attractions featuring unique local culture and cuisines.

One of them is Xuzhou City in east China's Jiangsu Province, where travelers are flocking to try popiah spring rolls and strung pork belly, as well as take in its historical sights.

"Recently, Quzhou City has opened flying routes to Xuzhou City. Therefore, I decided to travel to Xuzhou. Since the city is known for its delicacies and Han culture, we want to experience them," said Hu Zhenghao, a tourist.

In the first quarter of 2024, Xuzhou has recorded 21 million tourist arrivals, up 64 percent, with visitors from outside Xuzhou taking up more than 38 percent.

Its tourism revenue has surpassed 23 billion yuan (about 3 billion U.S. dollars), a year-on-year increase of 64 percent.

"The increasing popularity of traveling to third and fourth-tier cities is due to a rapid recovery of demand. In the future, tourism-boosted air travels will become more predominant, with the relevant products being more diversified, personalized and high-quality," said Zhan Fen, an associate research fellow at the China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology.

Flight tickets in high demand for China's upcoming May Day holiday

Flight tickets in high demand for China's upcoming May Day holiday

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China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

2024-05-22 04:25 Last Updated At:05:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's service outsourcing industry saw robust expansion in the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Chinese firms inked services outsourcing contracts worth a total of some 781.43 billion yuan (about 110 billion U.S. dollars) in the four-month period, up 14.4 percent year on year, according to the ministry.

The executed contract value stood at 520.51 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.9 percent.

Of the total, the value of offshore service outsourcing contracts rose 8.6 percent year on year to 419.04 billion yuan.

Specifically, the value of offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) services provided by Chinese companies jumped by 10.9 percent from a year earlier.

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the United States and the European Union ranked the top three markets in terms of the fulfilled contract value of offshore outsourcing service, accounting for 54 percent of the total.

Chinese firms undertook nearly 80 billion yuan(about 14.93 billion U.S. dollars) worth of offshore service outsourcing contracts that were fulfilled with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, up 24 percent from a year ago, while the offshore outsourcing services for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries totaled 73.26 billion yuan, up 16.6 percent year on year.

Outsourcing refers to hiring an outside party to carry out services or produce goods typically undertaken by in-house employees. In China, service outsourcing is typically divided into three sectors: information technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing.

In the January-April period, the service outsourcing industry welcomed about 301,000 new hires, with 84.7 percent of these individuals holding a bachelor's degree or above. The sector had over 16.17 million employees at the end of April, among whom some 10.56 million were graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher.

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

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