Tourism revenues in 2001 were Yn499.5bn, a year-on-year increase of 10.5 per cent, according to the China National Tourism Administration. China received a total of 11.23m foreign visitors, excluding those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
This strong performance was achieved despite a downturn in the world tourism sector following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US. The administration said China was hardly affected by the attacks because it is perceived as one of the safest tourist destinations.
More holidays for workers Ten extra paid holidays for workers across China are to be introduced as part of a policy proposal being drafted by the China National Tourism Administration, reported HK-iMail. Last year, Premier Zhu Rongji recommended the introduction of more paid holidays as part of a plan to combat deflation and stimulate economic growth. The administration said that the extra holiday could add more than Yn20bn to the tourism industry through increased spending.
The week-long holiday in January for the Spring Festival generated business of Yn22.8bn, up 15 per cent from last year, said People’s Daily. The number of people travelling by rail increased by 21 per cent.