el more frequently, and enable them to have higher budgets for spending on accommodati
on and destination entertainments,” said Sun Peiming, director of e-commerce at Sichuan Airlines.
Last year, along with graduate students, there were 37 million enrolled college students in the country,
according to the National Bureau of Statistics. In 2018, students registered on Qunar flew 4.4 time
s annually on average, higher than the average of 3.45 times nationwide, according to the company.
“Low prices have a decisive impact on their choices. Compani
es that provide cheaper options will attract more students and gain the initiative in seizing tho
se future backbone consumers,” said Liu Simin, a researcher at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
A total of 85,000 international students studied in postgraduate program
s in China in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 12.28 percent, the Ministry of Education said on June 3.
Among 492,200 international students studying in China in 2018, 52.44 percent were studying in
degree programs, up 6.86 percent from 2017, said a press release from the ministry.
The growth of international students in engineering, management, science and agricultural science all reached 20 perce
nt, indicating the increasing attraction of science programs in China, the statement said.
The international students in China came from 196 countries a
nd regions and 52.95 percent of them were from 64 countries along the Belt and Road.
About 63,000 of them were sponsored by Chinese government scholarships, the ministry said.