China has announced a surge in revenue from tourism during the country's Spring Festival holiday.
Having reached a total of 117.06 billion yuan (US$18.79 billion) in the week-long holiday, tourism revenue enjoyed a 15.4% year-on-year rise, the National Tourism Administration announced.
Airlines accounted for around 5.72 billion yuan of the total, while 2.73 billion yuan was generated through the country's railway network.
A breakdown of the figures revealed tourists spent 44.19 billion yuan in China's 39 key tourism cities and 64.42 billion yuan in other parts of the country.
The increase in revenue correlated closely with a rise in tourist numbers, which were up 15.1% on the same period in 2012 as they hit a total of more than 203 million.
Various festivals and events are held to mark the Spring Festival holiday in China, which this year fell on February 10.
Also known as the Chinese Lunar New Year, it is the most important holiday in China and is a popular time for family get-togethers.
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