Prices for Package Tours Increase Just Days Before National Day Holidays
Prices for package tours have increased a week before the start of the National Day holidays which will begin on Saturday. A usual package tour to popular domestic resorts in Kunming, Lijiang and Dali are now 4,500 yuan per person from the usual 3,200 yuan from last year.
Outbound package tour prices also increased by 20 percent. The price hike is due to an increase in air ticket prices, influenced by a rise in the price of fuel. Airlines have also decreased the number of discounted tickets given to travel agencies since there has been an increase in the number of individual travelers or people traveling alone. Island tours are also starting to become popular to local tourists.
Package tours to Bali and Phuket Island are already sold out for the holidays. Tourism in Japan is still suffering from the effects of the natural disaster that happened last March. Package tours to Tokyo and Osaka have decreased around 30 percent and package tours to South Korea have increased due to popularity.