China: Tourism revenue soars 26.9% during Spring Festival

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BEIJING – China’s tourism revenue rose 26.9 percent to 64.62 billion yuan (9.46 billion U.S. dollars) during the Spring Festival, the National Tourism Administration (NTA) said Sunday.

China received 125 million tourists during the holiday period from Feb. 13 to 19, up 14.8 percent from the same period last year, a statement on the NTA website said.

Of the tourism revenue, 4.6 billion yuan came from airlines while 2.83 billion yuan from railways. The tourists spent 26.51 billion yuan in China’s 39 key tourism cities and 30.68 billion yuan in other areas.

Among the tourists, 29.92 million stayed overnight and 95.13 million stayed for less than one day.