Wealthy Chinese go for special round-world trip
Affluent Chinese are continuing to spend big on overseas travel, with a round-the-world trip costing $212,520 with just 10 vacancies selling out soon after becoming available on Monday.
The price of the tour, which will take place next year, was $77,000 in 2006.
It will run from Jan 3 to March 23 and cover 22 countries and regions. All flights will be in business class. Cruises, luxury train rides, private helicopter flights and even a nuclearpowered icebreaker trip will be included in the tour, which is being operated by HHtravel, the high-end branch of travel agency Ctrip.
“Chinese tourists no longer travel in groups, wear the same hats with a travel agency’s logo and jump out of buses at scenic spots to take photos,’’ said Zhang Guangrui, honorary director of the Tourism Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “With more and more wealthy Chinese becoming veteran travelers, standard travel products are losing out to tailored and well-planned travel packages.”