Outbound tour costs drop after Spring Festival in Shenzhen

Updated: 2013-02-20
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UNLIKE most of his colleagues, Zeng Zhi, an office worker in Futian District, spent the Spring Festival holiday in the city to avoid crowds at resorts at home and abroad.

Thanks to his 10-day annual leave, Zeng will fly to Phuket, Thailand, on Friday to enjoy a casual vacation at a lower cost.

The price of a package tour to popular resorts in the Asia-Pacific region has dropped from 8,000 yuan (US$1,283) during the festival to 4,000 yuan, according to Shenzhen Port China Travel Service manager Zhu Jun.

"The cost of outbound travel has dropped by 10 to 20 percent, returning to normal levels,” Zhu said.

Zhu added that residents who booked outbound travel after the festival are mainly those who were busy visiting relatives during the festival and now want to relax for a while.

"Fewer people, lower cost, why not take a postfestival trip?” Zeng said.

Liang Wei, a senior adviser for outbound travel with Shenzhen China International Travel Service, told Shenzhen Daily yesterday that the decreased prices result from declining demands for flights and hotel rooms.

"A 10-day package tour to Europe now costs about 18,000 yuan, 3,000 yuan less than the festival price. In addition, the price for a five-day package tour to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand has decreased by about 20 percent and now costs less than 3,000 yuan,” Liang said.

Both Zhu and Liang’s travel agencies witnessed increases — of 15 to 30 percent — in the number of travelers during the festival. They said the growth reflected local residents’ increasing enthusiasm for travel, as well as a growing desire for more vacation time.

In addition to long-distance trips, Zhu said short-distance trips to destinations featuring blooming flowers, such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, will gain popularity at the beginning of spring.

Yesterday’s Southern Metropolis Daily said the prices of package tours to popular domestic resorts, such as Sanya and Yunnan, also are declining.

While the Spring Festival ended just days ago, many local netizens on Sina Weibo already are planning trips for the rest of this year’s holidays, discussing questions such as how to best leverage their annual leave and this year’s holiday dates.

 

SOURCE: Shenzhen Daily

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