Chinese bookings for domestic and overseas educational tours during the seasonal school vacation are on the rise, Yang Feiyue reports.
With two months to go before the summer vacation, parents have already gone out of their way to plan ahead for their children.
Since April, many have beaten a path to several brick-and-mortar shops in Beijin
g that are owned by the major domestic online travel agency, Ctrip, the company reports.
“The online views of our summer-vacation study tour products have increased by 120 percent in April as comp
ared with the previous month,” says Zhang Jie, general manager of Ctrip’s study-tour operations.
Zhang expects the number of young travelers who take educatio
nal trips to grow by more than 50 percent compared with the same period of last year.
At the moment, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Canada are am
ong the most popular foreign destinations for those inquiring about study tours, while Beijing, Gansu prov
ince’s Dunhuang, Shanghai, Shaanxi province’s Xi’an and Jiangsu province’s Nanjing topped the domestic-destination list.