China new year travel spending beat pre-COVID levels

The figures are likely a relief for policymakers as China grapples with multiple challenges including a plunging stock market and declining property values

Feb 20, 2024

The massive crowds in Shanghai Railway Station ahead of this year’s Spring Festival holiday speak to what Chinese officials said on Sunday ended UP being a surge in travel spending over the Lunar New Year to levels even higher than before COVID.

Key takeaways

  • The holiday is the busiest yearly travel migration in the world and by the end of the eight-day span on Saturday, 474 million tourist trips were made, up 34% from the same time a year ago;
  • Millions of migrants have since returned to major cities like Shanghai or Beijing after reuniting with family in hometowns;
  • Chinese officials say not only was tourism spending up by around 50% over 2023. It was up 7% over this time in 2019, before the pandemic. Revenue per trip though, has remained below pre-COVID levels.

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