Airbnb ex­pects 44% spike in Chi­nese guests

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 14 Business - By FAN FEIFEI fan­feifei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Airbnb Inc, the United States-based home-shar­ing ser­vice provider, ex­pects guest ar­rivals by Chi­nese trav­el­ers dur­ing the up­com­ing Na­tional Day hol­i­day will rise 44 per­cent from the same pe­riod a year ago, with short-dis­tance trips be­com­ing a trend.

The peak of Airbnb guest ar­rivals will be from Oct 2 to 4, with max­i­mum guest ar­rivals on Oct 3, based on book­ing data from Sept 30 to Oct 8.

The guest ar­rivals for do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions by Chi­nese trav­el­ers dur­ing the Na­tional Day hol­i­day are ex­pected to in­crease by 116 per­cent year-on-year, ac­count­ing for 47 per­cent of the to­tal guest ar­rivals.

The top five do­mes­tic cities to be vis­ited by Chi­nese trav­el­ers are Chengdu, Chongqing, Shang­hai, Beijing and Xi’an. Guest ar­rivals in Chengdu, Chongqing and Shang­hai will in­crease by 127 per­cent, 125 per­cent and 77 per­cent re­spec­tively, com­pared with the same pe­riod last year.

It is note­wor­thy that short­dis­tance trips dur­ing the Na­tional Day hol­i­day are be­com­ing a trend, and Airbnb ex­pects a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of do­mes­tic trav­el­ers to try them out.

For ex­am­ple, its Beijing users are choos­ing to stay in Qing­dao and Xi’an. Shang­hai and Suzhou are the pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for Shang­hai guests, while its Hangzhou users pre­fer Hangzhou and Guangzhou. The most pop­u­lar routes for do­mes­tic travel are con­cen­trated in the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta.

When it comes to out­bound travel, Chi­nese Airbnb users will visit nearly 3,800 cities in 140 coun­tries and re­gions dur­ing the Na­tional Day hol­i­day.

Ja­pan, the US, Thai­land, Aus­tralia and South Korea are the most pop­u­lar out­bound des­ti­na­tions for Chi­nese guests. The av­er­age length of stay for out­bound travel is four days, which is higher than the do­mes­tic travel.

Chi­nese mil­len­ni­als con­sti­tute the main source of guest

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