[ 2006-09-30 09:06 ]
China may overhaul a vacation scheme which forces
workers across the country to take their three weeks of paid
at the same time.
The system of "Golden Weeks" was introduced in 1999 in an effort to
boost domestic consumption and tourism
But it has also spawned major frustrations with overcrowded tourist
sites, scalpers charging
exorbitant prices for rail tickets and booked-out hotels.
"We will begin research in the near future on how to arrange public
holidays," said Wang Zhifa, vice director of the National Tourism
Administration, as saying ahead of next week's seven-day break for
All Chinese workers, except for those assuring essential services, are
compelled to take the specified three weeks off and are not allowed to
choose to take their vacations at different times.
The first week comes at the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, which
falls in January or February, the second week centres on Labour Day on May
1 and the third begins on October 1, China's National Day.
"The quality of people's travelling experience has been negatively
influenced during the past six years due to the contradictions between
consumer demands and service capacity," Wang said.