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More leave for holiday

CHINESE mainland residents made more outbound trips during the recent week-long Lunar New Year holiday than they did a year ago, the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday.

The number of entries and exits by mainland people grew 21 percent to almost 2.4 million, the ministry said.

Jiang Yiyi, a researcher at the China Tourism Academy, attributed the heavier travel to rapid economic growth on the Chinese mainland, easier access to visas and a greater willingness to spend money.

According to the China Youth Travel Service, popular outbound destinations included Southeast Asia, Australia and Taiwan.

Taiwan tourism authorities said earlier this month they expected up to 4,000 mainland visitors a day during the New Year holiday.

Since Taiwan lifted the ban on mainland tourist groups in June 2008, almost 650,000 people from the mainland had visited the island by the end of 2009, spending more than US$1.13 billion.


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