(Yicai Global) May 6 -- Revenue from China's domestic tourism sector climbed 16.1 percent annually to CNY117.7 billion (USD17.5 billion) during this year's four-day Labor Day holiday.
The number of tourists over the period increased 13.7 percent to 195 million, according to data from tourism administrations in various cities, along with telecommunications operators and online travel agencies compiled by the country's culture ministry.
Tourists born in the 1980s and 1990s made up the lion's share of travelers during the break, while first-class flight bookings rose by nearly one-third. Those born in the 1950s spent the most on average per capita at CNY3,629 (USD538) per trip, according to data from key booking agencies Ctrip, Tongcheng-Elong, Lvmama and Tuniu among others.
The popularity of Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame and many other movies and TV series greatly spurred outbound trips to the UK and Croatia where they were filmed. The most popular outbound destinations were Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, London and Paris, according to Ctrip. Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Finland and Denmark were the most popular long-haul destinations, according to Tongcheng.
The top 10 cities for travel domestically were Beijing, Dalian, Taiyuan, Xi'an, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Zhengzhou and Nanjing. Per capita expenditure reached CNY7,000 for trips to Beijing, closely followed by Dalian, Taiyuan, Xi'an and Shanghai at over CNY6, 000.
Editor: Zhang Yushuo, William Clegg