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Outbound travel heats up as holiday nears

OUTBOUND tours during upcoming National Day holidays have almost sold out although the week-long break does not begin until October 1, Shanghai travel agencies said.

Outbound travelers have increased by about 20 percent while their tour prices have gone up 20 to 25 percent, a seasonal hike caused by airlines and hotels.

Flights to the United States, Canada and Europe have all sold out and only a few tickets for Australia and New Zealand are still available, according to the city's major tour operators.

"National Day holidays are the only long break for people to travel long distance as they prefer to save Chinese New Year for family reunion," said Liu Xiaojun of Shanghai CYTS Tours Corporation.

"The devaluation of euro also prompted many people to go to Europe," he added.

Liu said European tours organized by his company had been sold out by the end of August.

Europe is the top choice for 70 percent of Shanghai's outbound travelers, local agencies said.


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