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Give-and-take on Golden Week hols|
The State Council confirmed on Friday the mainland will reduce the long May Day vacation to a one-day holiday starting from next year, though more public holidays will be added to the calendar as compensation, sources said.
As mainland visitors tend to visit Hong Kong in large numbers during the so-called Golden Weeks, this move will help spread visitor numbers more evenly throughout the year.
According to sources, the State Council on Friday decided to cut the three-day long May Day Golden Week holiday to one day, despite most respondents in a nationwide survey objecting to the proposal during last month's nine-day consultation period.
"Not only will the May Day holiday be shortened, but the council is also considering extending the same plan to the three-day National Day holiday," sources said.
"About 80 percent of the respondents rejected the plan," said a source from the China News Agency.
In order to encourage more consumer spending, the May Day holiday has been a three-day vacation since 2000. However, on November 9 the government announced a proposal to shorten the May Day holiday.
Under the plan, the May Day holiday will be reduced to one day, and the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival will be added to the national holiday calendar.
The total number of annual public holidays will increase by one day to 11.
The Spring Festival and the National Day Golden Weeks will both remain three days long.
Late Friday, the Xinhua News Agency reported the State Council had "principally" approved the proposal during a standing committee meeting, and it is pending revision before an official announcement.
"The number of mainland visitors will be more evenly spread throughout the year," said Lee Kam-hon, director of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The next step should be to increase mandatory "personal" holiday time to give more flexibility in when people can take a break. Forcing everyone to go on vacation at the same time as everyone else creates chaos on the transport network amongst other things.