The State Council has posted 26 proposals to its website urging local governments to encourage tourism to help boost China’s economy–including cutting summer working hours by giving employees Friday afternoons off, South China Morning Post reported. The council ostensibly hopes to encourage more travel by workers over such somewhat longer weekends, but Feng Qiuxia, a human resources manager in Guangzhou, doubted private enterprises would grant long weekends even if a tax subsidy were introduced, thanks to unrelenting cut-throat competition. “It’s more practical for the government to introduce regulated paid annual leave, stipulated in the labor law,” she said.
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