[photopress:hotels_and_tourism_golden_weeks.jpg,full,alignright]The ‘Golden week’ holidays should be changed. In fact, many were under the misunderstanding that a decision had been made to scrap ‘Golden week’ holidays. It would not be an unpopular decision.
According to a survey released by Ctrip and published in the Beijing News half of Chinese travelers want to abolish all ‘Golden week’ holidays, except Spring Festival.
Most wanted to retain the seven-day Spring Festival holiday when Chinese celebrate the lunar new year and which is a very important occasion of family reunion.
Ctrip is the largest consolidator of hotel accommodation and airline tickets for China’s individual travelers.
About 14% of the respondents supported scrapping all three ‘golden week’ holidays and 49.4% wanted to scrap or change the May Day and National Day ‘golden weeks’ and retain the Spring Festival holiday.
If the government scrapped one or more week-long holidays, 60.1% favored compulsory paid vacation in their place to allow every worker to arrange their own holidays.
53.3% of respondents believed the biggest advantage of the ‘golden weeks’ was ‘the right to rest and take a paid vacation’.
Paid vacation has been implemented in some joint ventures in big cities, like Beijing and Shanghai, by which workers arrange their holidays in accordance with the employer’s situation.
Source: China Daily