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Sep 13, 2022 04:38 PM
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China’s Premier Pledges Growth Support as Holiday Spending Falls

Pedestrians cross the famed Nanjing Road shopping street in Shanghai on July 9. Photo: Bloomberg
Pedestrians cross the famed Nanjing Road shopping street in Shanghai on July 9. Photo: Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — China’s Premier Li Keqiang called for more policies to drive up consumer spending as latest economic figures show a further plunge in travel and spending over a three-day public holiday amid tight Covid controls.

Tourism revenue declined 22.8% to 28.7 billion yuan ($4.1 billion) over the Mid-Autumn Festival from a year ago. Compared with pre-pandemic levels in 2019, revenue was down 39.4%, worse than last year’s 21.4% drop, according to figures from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The number of trips fell 16.7% to 73.4 million from the same period last year.

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