On August 11, 2015, the general office of the state council issued a document, “Several Decisions on Further Promoting Tourism-related Investment and Consumption”, which optimizes vacation schedules to stimulate tourist consumer spending. The document suggested employers to give more flexibility in summer to provide employees with half-day vacations on Fridays creating a favorable condition for touring neighboring areas.
Implementing two-and-half-day weekends has been always a heated public topic. State council meeting held in previous days announced that make efforts to implement paid holidays system. “We urge employers to give a half-day off to employees on Fridays in summer according to their own situation.” said Wu Wenxue, deputy head of the China National Tourism Administration, on July 31.
During seven days National Day holiday last year, data released by China National Tourism Administration shows that, the number of travellers of China scenic spots only rose 3.2 percent compared with the year-earlier period, while the income of tourist attractions tickets declined at same time. It is reported that China tourism is encountering weak travel market, and centralized vacation model causes that. Employees have no time to travel because they get limited paid holiday, so the fact that tourism industry is not increasing is normal. In order to promote the development of tourism, we should firstly give more flexible vacation to employees.
Whenever there is a holiday, especially golden weeks like National Day and May Day, the scenic spots are crowd with tourists. Chinese people prefer to describe the scene as “People Mountain, People Sea”. We all agree with that, people who come here for captivating landscapes only see people, someone cannot get up, while someone cannot get down causing large congestion for a long time, which directly influences people’s travel enthusiasm. Meanwhile, a contradiction on tourists distribution during tourist off-season and peak season exists in lots of places, at ordinary times, the number of tourists declines making those tourist resources lay idle. The research shows that the unreasonable holiday arrangement is the main factor to constrain people have a flexible tour and cause tour peaks.
Following the regulations for two-and-half-day weekends can not only attracts people to visit neighboring areas promoting short distance tourism, but also helps some companies to attract more talent or motivate employees. Click here for getting more Top China travel Destinations.