Henan’s Cultural Tourism Market on the Fast Track to Recovery
News from the promotion conference for summer air travel products held by Henan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism on July 27 -- In this summer, 183 scenic spots in Henan province will offer free tickets or discounts to tourists traveling to Henan by China Southern Airlines or China Eastern Airlines so as to attract more visitors from other parts of China.
Songshan Mountain and Shaolin Temple, Dengfeng. [Photo provided to Henan Daily]
According to the conference, there are 9 5A scenic spots providing free admission across the province during the event, namely, Songshan Mountain & Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Yuntai Mountain in Jiaozuo, Baiyun Mountain in Luoyang, Baligou Scenic Area in Xinxiang, Yaoshan Mountain in Pingdingshan, Laojieling in Nanyang, Mangdang Mountain in Shangqiu, and Chaya Mountain in Zhumadian. From now until September 30, 2020, passengers arriving in Henan by China Eastern Airlines or China Southern Airlines can have free access to these tourist attractions by presenting their ID cards and boarding passes within 10 days.
Besides, there are 6 5A scenic spots offering half-price tickets across the province during the event, namely, Millennium City Park in Kaifeng, Laojun Mountain and Longtan Grand Valley in Luoyang, as well as Yinxu Museum, Hongqiqu Canal and Taihang Grand Canyon in Anyang. From now until September 30, 2020, passengers arriving in Henan by China Eastern Airlines or China Southern Airlines can get half-price tickets for these scenic spots by presenting their ID cards and boarding passes within 10 days.
Henan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism also encourages the relevant scenic spots to extend the preferential policies to December 31, 2020.
Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang. [Photo provided to Henan Daily]
In addition, many other places across the province also participate in the event, offering free tickets or half-price discounts. For example, Zhengzhou’s 11 scenic spots, such as Zhengzhou Garden Expo, will provide free or half-price tickets; Anyang has 31 scenic spots participating in the event, including 10 4A ones; Jiaozuo’s Qingtian River, Shennong Mountain and Chenjiagou Scenic Area, etc., will offer free tickets except Yuntai Mountain. Zhoukou’s 8 scenic spots, including Taihao Mausoleum in Huaiyang, decide to provide half-price tickets to visitors while the rest A-level scenic spots in the city are free of charge; Sanmenxia’s 10 scenic spots, such as Yangshao Culture Museum and Swan Lake National Urban Wetland Park, offer free tickets; and Nanyang’s 18 scenic spots, including 14 4A ones, provide free tickets (10) and half-price tickets (8) for those arriving in Henan by China Eastern Airlines or China Southern Airlines during the summer vacation. Apart from the places mentioned above, Puyang, Hebi, Ruzhou, etc., are also enthusiastic about the event.
Yuntai Mountain, Jiaozuo. [Photo provided to Henan Daily]
The smooth launch of the event lies in the market share of Henan’s aviation industry and the great support from relevant airlines.
Kang Xingzhen, president of Henan Airport Group, remarked at the promotion conference that, in the first half of 2020, the passenger throughput of Zhengzhou Airport has reached 8.011 million, and its national ranking jumped to 11. Flight volume has recovered to about 90 percent of the normal level, with an average passenger load factor of nearly 85 percent. It follows that with the resumption of “inter-provincial travel” and the arrival of summer travel season, Henan’s tourism industry and Zhengzhou Airport are embracing new opportunities. The model of “aviation+tourism” will be more practical and efficient.
河南省机场集团董事长康省桢在推介会上介绍，今年上半年，郑州机场已经累计完成旅客吞吐量801.1万人次，排名提升至全国第11位。客运航班量已恢复至正常水平九成以上，平均客座率近85%。由此可见，随着“跨省游”恢复、暑期出游旺季来临，河南旅游和郑州机场均迎来了新的机遇。“航空+旅游”模式将越来越务实、高效。（中文来源/河南日报 编译/赵汉青 审校/张玉红）