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Pandemic changes travel habits of Chinese tourists

The coronavirus epidemic has changed the travel behavior of young Chinese tourists, a report has revealed.

Only 35 percent said they will dine at small eateries with a local specialty when traveling now, compared with 87 percent before COVID-19, out of safety and hygiene concerns, revealed a report by travel review website Mafengwo, which targeted 2,538 travelers born between 1995 and 2009.

More than 74 percent said they will visit big chain restaurants with a standard service after the epidemic whereas it was 43 percent before the virus. As a result, the report revealed that between 70 and 63 percent of travelers will increase their tourist budget in catering and accommodation respectively as they pursue a safer travel experience.

Most interviewees have delayed their travel plans to outbound destinations by at least half a year, and the number of those taking a trip at any time has dropped to below 30 percent, compared with 36 percent before the coronavirus.

Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi’an, Guangzhou and Hangzhou are some of the most popular domestic tourist destinations among young travelers, who prefer a more personalized and niche travel experience like visiting spots shown in films or animations, as well as theme parks, cafes and zoos.

They are focusing more on tourism webcasts amid the coronavirus.




 

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