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Summer tours popular
16/8/2006 17:40

Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news

Local travel agencies are happy to see growing revenues this summer, with sales hitting a record high, the Youth Post reported today.
Sales of summer tours have hit a record high this year, with the number of customers still on the rise, said Zhang Jianquan, vice general manager with the Shanghai Travel Agency. Except for Hainan tours which are not so attractive due to market adjustments, other domestic tours are proving more popular than before. Tours to Wuyi Mountain, Mogan Mountain, Yandang Mountain, Qingdao and Dalian have become hot commodities, Zhang pointed out.
Luxury tours priced above 5,000 yuan (US$625) are attractive in July and August, such as tours to Jiuzhaigou and Yunnan. Tourists have to book at least a week in advance to be able to get tickets, according to the Shanghai China Youth Travel Service Tour Corporation and Shanghai Air Holiday.
Popular Tibetan tours have driven up enthusiasm for such northwestern tours as Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Qinghai and Sichuan.
Overseas tours are no exception, with sales soaring by up to 75 percent this summer, especially for European tours. A growing number of tourists and people studying overseas will continue the popularity of tours to Europe, the US and Australia even after September, said an industry analyst.