Celebration: Overseas trips spike for festival
Thailand, Bali and Maldives are the top three destinations Chinese would like to visit during Spring Festival, followed by other relatively short-distance outbound attractions such as Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.
“Thanks to the depreciation of the Japanese yen and its favorable visa policy, trips to Japan are particularly popular,” said Rao Tian, deputy manager of outbound tourism sector, China International Travel Service.
“Plus, since now is the best season to visit Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, there are only a few seats left in package tours to these destinations.”
According to Tuniu.com, a domestic online tourism booking platform, the number of Chinese travelers who have booked trips via its website to Southeast Asian countries during the Chinese New Year has tripled this year, with Phuket in Thailand, Bali in Indonesia and Boracay in the Philippines popular.
Cruise travel has also been high on the list of Chinese travelers’ choices during Spring Festival. According to ly.com, another major online travel agency, cruise travel packages have taken up about 30 percent of online reservations, increasing more than 40 percent from the same period last year.
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Bo Lee (right)