Tourism surges in Inner Mongolia over Spring Festival holiday
Tourists admire sugar-painted figurines in Hohhot, the capital city of North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on Feb 18. [Photo/Inner Mongolia Daily]
The holiday tourism market of North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region experienced safe, stable and orderly conditions during the seven-day Spring Festival holiday on Feb 11-17, according to statistics released by the Culture and Tourism Department of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Statistics from the culture and tourism department show that 3.17 million visits were made to Inner Mongolia and the autonomous region received 1.47 billion yuan ($220.56 million) in tourism revenue, year-on-year increases of 21.88 percent and 34.48 percent, respectively.
The autonomous region received a total of 1.44 million one-day tour visitors and 1.73 million overnight tourists.
Due to the pandemic prevention measures and seasonal factors, cross-province and long-distance travel were restricted.
The trips were mainly short-distance trips and one-day tours conducted by people living in Inner Mongolia.
Tourists from the cities and leagues of Inner Mongolia accounted for 87.08 percent of the total visitors to the autonomous region.
To avoid tourists gathering and reduce the risk of the novel coronavirus spreading, Inner Mongolia implemented strict anti-pandemic controls and limited the number of tourists in scenic spots. The autonomous region required that daily visitor numbers not exceed 75 percent of each attraction’s maximum capacity.
Meanwhile, Inner Mongolia implemented strict tour reservation measures, requiring tourists to book tickets online in advance before visiting any of the scenic spots. The autonomous region also discouraged mass gatherings and required guests to wear masks and receive temperature checks.