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Majority of Chinese travelers prefer B&Bs

(People's Daily Online)    09:08, February 07, 2018

Bed and Breakfasts (B&B) are gaining popularity among Chinese travelers, with 67.6 percent respondents choosing it as their favorite option in a recent survey by China Youth Daily.

The survey collected opinions from 2,010 respondents of different age groups on their accommodation options when touring. About 67.6 percent said they prefer homestays, a small lodging featuring an easier immersion into local customs.

Some B&Bs are located near tourist attractions, providing convenience for sightseers and better experience of local customs, said a 20-something female traveler.

Compared with hotels, family hotels make visitors feel more at home, according to a Beijinger who loves travelling, and who is now a popular host with numerous likes from customers.

Over half of the respondents believe that access to local customs and quietness are the top two advantages of B&Bs. In addition, the family-run hotels attract customers for their stylish architecture and decorations and social networking opportunities.

Still, B&Bs have their shortcomings, even for some boutique hotels and celebrity hotels, said Zhang Xiaojun from China Tourism Association (CTA).

The main complaints are inadequate or unsafe and unhygienic facilities. About 59.4 percent said they feel satisfied with the family hotels in China. On the other hand, 51.3 percent said they and their friends had unpleasant experiences when checking-in at private family homes or family-run hotels.

Most suggested a tightened qualification inspection from authorities, professional training for service personnel, and clearer industry standards as the most effective methods to improve the quality of B&B service, according to the survey.

B&Bs follow the developing trend of tourism, said Professor Li Bowen from the School of Tourism at the Beijing Union University.

Despite some safety and sanitation problems, B&Bs in China are improving, said Li, adding that compared with standardized hotels, the customized service remains their vitality.

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