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Editor’s Note: More Chinese than ever are traveling abroad for the Spring Festival. This is due to relaxed visa requirements for Chinese tourists in many countries, the wider availability of low-cost group tours and an increased number of international flights to and from China.
This Spring Festival, more Chinese will travel outside the country than ever before. Many countries plan to relax visa requirements and implement other measures to attract more Chinese tourists.
The Spring Festival holiday will begin on January 28 and will last for 10 days. Many will extend their holiday and take January 27 to February 2 off. The Chinese New Year is generally seen as a holiday to see family, eat, and drink. However, Forbes reported on January 11 that many Chinese plan to travel abroad during the holiday period.
The Most Popular Destinations
China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip recently released its “2017 Spring Festival Tourism Big Data Report.” The report states that 6 million Chinese tourists will travel abroad for the Spring Festival holiday in 2017. This is the largest number of Chinese traveling abroad for the holiday in history. Ctrip said that the top ten most popular overseas destinations for Chinese tourists are Thailand, Japan, the United States, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
Low Prices for Tours
The report also stated that tour group prices will not be as high as usual during the Spring Festival period. There are still many last minute spaces available on trips.
Tour prices to Thailand will be 15 percent higher during the Spring Festival period, and 10 percent higher in the United States and the Philippines. However, prices to Japan and many other countries will not change. The number of tourists from China to Egypt, Turkey, and Italy fell sharply in 2016. The price of group tours to those countries are reduced by 30 percent during the Spring Festival holiday.
Holiday travel will begin on January 23 and peak on January 25. Many travelers will leave a few days before the official start of the holiday to try to avoid the Spring Festival crowds.
Relaxed Visa Requirements
Countries are continuing to relax visa requirements and increase the number of flights to and from China to attract Chinese tourists. Many have also introduced low cost tours and travel agencies for Chinese tourists. Large numbers of Chinese tourists are expected to travel to the United States and Australia over the 10-day holiday. The United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Thailand have recently implemented visa free policies for Chinese tourists.
Source: QQ News
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