Year of the Monkey promises even more business for tourism
by Welcome Chinese
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Holidays for China’s New Year, also known as Spring Festival, lie around the corner: on February 8th the Year of the Monkey will begin and, with it, one of the two longest period of vacation in 2016 for Chinese. The festival lasts for 15 days from the 1st to 15th day of the first lunar month. Most employees will have seven days off work, while students take one month absence from school.
2015’S ACHIEVEMENTS - Apart from congesting traffic and public transportation within China, the holiday is expected by tourism operators to see a further surge in overseas travels. In December, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) announced that about 120 million Chinese made an outbound trip in 2015, up 19,5% from the 109 million of the previous year, 13 times the level registered in 1998. According to the Minister, the increase is ascribed to more relaxed visa policies in destination countries and rising disposable incomes, in particular among urban residents.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS - Beijing’s authorities indicated that the holiday season as a whole – during which holidays will be allowed – is going to begin on January 24th, to end on March 3rd. According to official figures, a total of 2,9 billion trips are expected to be made between these dates, up 3,6% from 2015. China's booming domestic tourism keeps surging as well: last year saw over 4 billion journeys, generating a revenue of over 4 trillion yuan (€569 billion).