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Golden Week
www.chinaview.cn 2006-05-08 09:18:17

Golden holiday brings profits, concerns

    BEIJING, May 9 -- The May Day "golden week" holiday has once again generated heated debate over the balance between economic gain from tourism and protection of heritage sites and travellers.

    Authorities estimated that a record 120 million trips were made in the past holiday and travellers spent 40 billion yuan (US$5 billion) during the seven days.

    According to the Ministry of Public Security, 44 people were killed across the country in seven major road accidents during the week-long holiday.  Full story

"Golden Week" sees increase of revenue

Over 1 mln people visit the Shenyang Int'l Horticultural Expo during the "Golden Week" holidays in May, 2006. (Xinhua Photo)

    BEIJING, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Statistics published by the National Tourism Administration (NTA) on Sunday shows that during this May day holiday the number of tourists received by 116 Chinese scenic spots grew 12.9 percent year on year, with ticket income rising 21.6 percent.

    The overall tourism revenue in 38 major Chinese cities during the seven-day holiday exceeded 20 billion yuan (2.5 billion U.S. dollars), the NTA said. Full story

Related: "Golden Week" boosts holiday economy
May Day holiday helps spur retail consumption

Labor Day tourist numbers up by 20 pct

    BEIJING, May 8 (Xinhua) -- About 146 million Chinese people traveled during the Labor Day vacation from May 1 to 7, according to statistics from China National Tourism Administration. The number was up 20 percent from last year's Labor Day holiday. Full story

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