(Yicai Global) Nov. 22 -- Consumers in China are looking to use the newly added two days to next year's Labor Day holiday by going on a trip, according to Trip.Com's soaring data traffic.
Travel ticket searches on Trip.Com surged by nearly fourfold in an hour after China's cabinet yesterday said that the Labor Day holiday will be extended to five days, starting on May 1, 2020, state-backed The Paper reported.
The new holiday will bring significant benefits, especially to the long-haul travel market, according to the Shanghai-based travel agency, formerly known as Ctrip. Within 12 hours, online searches for both domestic and overseas travel bookings had exploded, it added.
May 1 is still far ahead, so Alibaba Group Holding's Fliggy platform has not yet experienced remarkable growth but is expecting to do so later, head of the travel agency told the same source.
But before May there's Chinese New Year, the one-week mainstay of China's public holiday calendar. Over 70 percent of Spring Festival bookings are outbound, and the most popular destinations are Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam, said Trip.Com.
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