Staying put but splurging: China's hotels, restaurants to see Chinese New Year boost

28/1/2022 6:30:00 PM

Staying put but splurging: China's hotels, restaurants to see Chinese New Year boost

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Staying put but splurging: China 's hotels, restaurants to see Chinese New Year boost

BEIJING — Hotels and restaurants in China 's big cities are bracing for a rush of guests over the Chinese New Year as people forced by Covid-19 curbs to give up plans to go home for family reunions opt instead to stay put and celebrate in other ways.

But local governments are advising people not to go anywhere because of a spate of new Covid-19 clusters, with some authorities making people arriving in their hometowns go into quarantine.Authorities have estimated that, based on numbers from 36 cities, that 48 million people who travelled during Chinese New Year last year will stay put this time.

This has meant that many restaurants in big cities, which usually close for the holiday as all their staff head home, are staying open.Hotels are seeing an increase in bookings, travel agencies and hotel companies said, especially from customers keen to treat themselves to a little luxury.

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The week-long holiday, which begins on Monday (Jan 31), is a peak travel period in China with millions heading home from the cities they work in to celebrate with families.Copy to clipboard https://str.Jet Li, in an image posted to his Instagram on Feb 12, 2021.LinkedIn SHANGHAI : China has launched a three-year campaign to fight money laundering in a bid to safeguard national security and social stability, according to a government statement.

But local governments are advising people not to go anywhere because of a spate of new Covid-19 clusters, with some authorities making people arriving in their hometowns go into quarantine. Authorities have estimated that, based on numbers from 36 cities, that 48 million people who travelled during Chinese New Year last year will stay put this time. A US regulator earlier revoked China Unicom's authorisation to operate in the US over national security concerns. This has meant that many restaurants in big cities, which usually close for the holiday as all their staff head home, are staying open. Effective from April 1, the foreign nationalities of actors and production crews should be displayed in production credits. Hotels are seeing an increase in bookings, travel agencies and hotel companies said, especially from customers keen to treat themselves to a little luxury. The order requires China Unicom Americas to end domestic interstate and international telecommunications services in the United States within 60 days. "The more expensive the room is, the quicker it's booked out," said travel search engine Qunar. (Reporting by Samuel Shen and Brenda Goh.

com, adding that it had seen hotel bookings for the Chinese New Year period triple compared with last year. But it's the first time that the state authority has made it mandatory. Occupancy for the InterContinental Hotels Group is also up across China compared with the holiday last year, the company's Greater China chief operating officer Jerome Qiu told Reuters. "The third and fourth days of the holiday period are normally peak demand," Mr Qiu said."Based on the current pattern, this year's strong performance may cover a longer period starting from the New Year's Eve. Industry insiders regarded this as an order to limit the use of stars from overseas because the criteria for "inappropriate" actors was vague and unclear resulting in arbitrary interpretations." MONEY TO SPEND Over the Chinese New Year holiday last year, from Feb 11 to Feb 17, Chinese consumers spent 821 billion yuan on retail and catering, up 28.

7 per cent from the holiday in Covid-ravaged 2020 and up 4.9 per cent from 2019. Many people lambasted her for "betraying China". Ms Iris Pang, chief economist for Greater China at ING, said she was expecting a 10 per cent increase in spending from last year, saying that the Covid-19 situation was not severe enough to stop people from getting their wallets out. "Even if people can't travel, they still have money to spend if they don't spend it on transport," she said. "Some people are saving their December spending for the Chinese New Year, so spending may surprise on the upside," Ms Pang said. China's entertainment industry is under an ongoing crackdown, with actors accused of being immoral or behaviour not in line with the authorities views receiving severe punishment and sanction.

A spending surge would give a short-term boost to consumption, which has been flagging in recent months as the economy slowed. In December, retail sales rose 1.7 per cent from a year earlier, the slowest monthly pace in 2021, according to official data. READ ALSO:. Media worker, Ms Pan Lei, 47, is among Beijing residents staying put and planning to splash out a little. Instead of the usual trip to the southern city of Guangzhou to spend the holiday with his parents-in-law, he has booked a boutique hotel in the mountains to the west of Beijing at a cost of nearly 5,000 yuan.

"Normally, the price is less than 2,000 yuan but I've got no choice," he said."All hotels around Beijing are expensive during the holiday." "It's the Chinese New Year and I want the family to do something special and have fun together," he said. REUTERS Related topics .