Working for the weekend: China extends holiday to spur consumers
(Corrects date to 2008 in last paragraph)
BEIJING, March 22 (Reuters) - China is extending a public
holiday to get people to travel and spend more as the government
pins its hopes on a vast consumer base to help cushion an
People can have two more days off for the Labour Day
holidays that start on May 1, which falls on a Wednesday this
year, creating a 4-day break through May 4 to encourage more
travel, the state council said on Friday.
To compensate for the extra time off, people will have to
work on April 28 and May 5, both Sundays.
Retail sales growth slid to the lowest in over a decade last
year as consumers bought fewer cars, electronics and home
The Labour Day holidays are one of the peak seasons for
people to travel and spend in China.
It was reduced to a one-day holiday in 2008, but the
government extends the break to three or four days when it falls
close to a weekend.
(Reporting by Stella Qiu and Ryan Woo; editing by Darren
First Published: 2019-03-22 06:21:56
Updated 2019-03-22 08:17:34
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