‘Staycation’ the choice for New Years holidays

Ti Gong

Have fun in the snow in the Changbai mountains.

The trend of ‘stay’ travel will dominate the upcoming three-day New Years holiday, as Chinese travelers respond to the government’s call to avoid unnecessary travel outside their hometown to curb the spread of COVID-19, have said tour operators.

Almost all of the spa hotels in Shanghai do not have free rooms on New Years Eve and January 1, with only a few rooms available on January 2.

Ma Ruiting, a resident of Shanghai, was among those who booked too late.

“I decided not to travel to other cities during the holidays and checked local hotels almost three weeks ago,” Ma told the Shanghai Daily.

“I love hot springs and used to visit cities in the Yangtze River Delta region while on vacation. However, when I started looking for an option in Shanghai, I was surprised to find that there was no vacancy on New Years Eve, although I dropped the idea of ​​a room with a private hot spring. “

“Now I am checking luxury hotels with a nice view of the Huangpu River as an alternative. Overall, a vacation needs a sense of ritual. “

Bookings made since December involving trips to the city or neighboring provinces or municipalities for the upcoming New Year’s holidays accounted for more than 50% of all orders, Shanghai-based online travel operator Trip.com revealed. .

Among them, bookings for hot spring attractions are up 40% from the same period last year, and hot spring trips have become the No. 1 vacation choice among the “leftovers” on the basis. reservation data, depending on the travel platform.

'Staycation' the choice for New Years holidays

Ti Gong

Skiing in the Changbai Mountains.

Bookings for hotels near thermal attractions are also up 160% from the same period last year since December, he said.

Meanwhile, there has been a noticeable increase in theme park bookings, reaching 94% over the same period last year since this month, of which 46% came from “staycationers,” Trip said. .com.

The boom in travel to amusement parks has also boosted activity at nearby hotels, he said.

The number of hotel bookings in a 5-kilometer area near the Universal Beijing Resort has increased 160% since December.

Online travel operator Tuniu.com said about 49% of tourism products booked for vacations so far involved travel in or near people’s home towns.

Women are more passionate about vacation travel than men, he said.

In total, 61% of holiday bookings were made by female travelers, of which almost 50% are between the ages of 26 and 35.

Sanya, Hainan Province, as a popular resort town, has maintained its position as a favorite destination for Chinese travelers during the holidays. Ski trips to hotels in northeast China and hot springs in eastern China are also gaining popularity with an increase in bookings, according to Tuniu.com.

Hainan, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangxi, Yunnan and Hubei are among the most popular destinations during the holidays, he said.

“Small-scale and more diverse celebration options are this year’s New Year’s holiday tourism trend,” said Zhou Weihong, deputy general manager of Shanghai Spring Tour.

Micro walking tours, sports themes, double-decker sightseeing buses, industrial and ecological attractions, and educational trips all enrich travel options and meet the diverse demands of “leftovers,” she said.

Many local photographers prefer to celebrate the New Year by capturing the sunrise over the Bund on January 1. Museum tours, guided double-decker bus tours, and walking tours along Suzhou Creek and Huangpu River will take place during the holidays.

As interprovincial group tours of Shanghai have resumed, after the last medium-risk residential complex in Pudong New Area was downgraded as low-risk this week, more than 1,200 travelers will celebrate the Changbai Mountain vacation in southeastern Jilin Province between December 30 and January. 1, the travel agency said.

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