China’s airlines flew a record number of people in the first quarter, amid government efforts to boost the nation’s tourism sector and strong demand for holidays at home.

Total air passenger traffic reached almost 180 million trips in the first three months of 2024, state broadcaster CCTV said Tuesday, citing data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. 

A giant panda-themed tourist train was launched in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, and made its inaugural journey from Chengdu West Railway Station on April 18, offering tourists the opportunity to embark on a journey exploring the various picturesque scenes in Sichuan.

Local Zhou Guanyu, China’s first Formula One driver, was appointed “Shanghai Global Tourism Ambassador” on Sunday, delivering a strong boost to the city’s inbound tourism development.

The ongoing F1 Chinese Grand Prix 2024 has drawn wide attention from home and abroad. In total, 200,000 tickets were available for sale in two rounds, and all were sold out within one hour for each round. 

Inbound arrivals in the Philippines reached some 1.88 million from January to April 15 this year, with tourists from mainland China and Japan kicking up the largest increases among the country’s top markets.

Cultural and tourism officials from Denmark and China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang have pledged to bolster collaboration in the tourism industry.

This commitment was made during an ice and snow tourism promotion event held in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, on Tuesday.