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Overseas trips selling out for national holiday

OVERSEAS tours during the National Day holiday in October are almost sold out with less than a month to go, the city's travel agencies are reporting.

Demand had soared by about 20 percent although prices had also increased by 20 to 25 percent, they said.

So far, many tours to the United States, Canada and some European countries had sold out and there were few tickets left for Australia and New Zealand.

"The National Day holiday may be the only long holiday for people to travel long distances as they may spend most of the Spring Festival, the other long holiday of the year, on family reunions or visiting relatives," said Liu Xiaojun of the Shanghai CYTS Tours Corp. "Also, the devaluation of the euro triggered a lot of people to go to Europe."

Liu said his company's tours to Europe had sold out by the end of last month.

European destinations have proved the most popular with 70 percent of long distance tourists deciding to go there for the seven-day holiday, agencies said.

Tours to France, Italy and Switzerland were always popular and Spain, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic were also favored destinations.

The most expensive tour on offer is not to Europe but Tahiti, at 35,000 yuan (US$5,145) for nine days, not including meals.


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