Xiamen ranks 9th on National Day holiday tourism list



According to the Xiamen Tourism Department, Xiamen received 1.508 million tourists from home and abroad during the 2016 national holiday. This marks a 7.52% decline on last year and resulted in a holiday income of 1.734 billion yuan, 6.41% down on 2015’s takings.


The Xiamen tourism industry was badly hit by Typhoon Meranti, A temporary restriction on tourist numbers on Gulangyu during the 7-day period, meant only 15,000 visitors were permitted each day, a mere 23% of last year’s 65,000 daily maximum number of visitor. Added to this was the impact of Typhoon Megi, which resulted in Xiamen slipping down the tourism popularity index, though still ranking ninth on the list of top ten domestic travel destinations.


During the holidays, 23 comparable spots (not including part of spots with a charge and all open scenic areas such as the Nanputuo Temple and Huandao Road) received 790,900 tourists. Seven scenic spots on the island hosted 341,000 tourists and sixteen spots outside the island received 449,900 tourists.


Public spots and recreational areas also attracted many tourists. Zengcuo’an cultural and creative village hosted 605,000 tourists and the Nanputuo Temple received 185,600 tourists.


In recent years, Xiamen has built a group of new large scale tourist destinations which have played an effective role in dispersing tourists. Meanwhile, traditional attractions outside the island have also seen a large number of tourists. Xiamen Travel Express has opened up three routes to Jimei and Dadeng, and Jimei District has also opened two free tour lines of its own in its area.


In addition, the Xiamen-Kinmen Travel Festival held by the Xiamen Tourism Bureau and the Kinmen Tourism Department, organised two new activities. The first is the "2016 Straits Adolescent Rite" and the other the "2016 Kinmen Half Marathon", which attracted a lot of students and running enthusiasts and brought a boost to Kinmen tourism. The official statistics show that the number of people travelling on Xiamen travel agency trips to Kinmen were up 1,880.


During the holidays, trains took 499,500 passengers to Xiamen, a decrease of 19.9%. 238,300 tourists (not including self-driving trips) made use of the highways, a drop of 6.95% while 197,800 passengers took planes between Oct. 1st-6th, an increase of 3.85%.


According to the statistics from high-speed traffic police, 532,100 cars and minibuses entered Xiamen on Oct 1st-5th, an increase of 2.22%.

[ Web editor:Wu Jianhan, Robin Wang    Source:xmenglish.cn ]