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Ski industry booms as tourists take to slopes to escape summer heat

By Hu Yuyan | China Daily | Updated: 2022-08-13 11:43

A snowboarder takes to the slopes in an indoor resort in Chongqing in late July.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Skiing has become a surprising feature on Chinese tourists' checklist this summer. Nighttime recreational activities are also among the front-runners, industry data show.

According to figures released by online travel agency Fliggy on Thursday, over the past 30 days, bookings for skiing products placed on the platform increased by more than 15 percent month-on-month.

Business at Qiaobo Ice and Snow World has seen remarkable growth this summer compared with last year, according to Ma Yinping, marketing manager of the ski resort in Shaoxing, East China's Zhejiang province.

Ma attributed the growth to three reasons: one is government-distributed vouchers; another is the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, which has greatly boosted interest in skiing among the public; while the extremely hot weather in the eastern Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces this summer is also a contributing factor.

"With the increasing popularity of ice and snow sports, more young people are coming to ski in summer, and repeat business is growing year-on-year," Ma said. "Online travel platforms are also stepping up efforts to promote ice and snow offerings."

"We recently hosted a live broadcast in collaboration with Fliggy. The audience could see the ski resort covered with white snow in the sweltering summer heat, which was a great opportunity to promote 'offseason skiing'."

Skiing can be a strong business booster for other industries in the proximity of ski resorts, according to Ma.

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