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Chinese tourists set record of 6.15 million overseas trips made during holiday

Monday, 6 February 2017

Beijing: A record 6.15 million trips were made by Chinese mainland tourists to overseas destinations during the seven-day Spring Festival holiday, which ended on Thursday, according to the China National Tourism Administration.

That is an increase of 7% compared with last year’s Spring Festival. About 374,000 trips were organised by travel agencies, a 2.5% increase.

The administration also reported growth from individual and high-end travellers and said that in addition to first-tier and coastal cities, inland cities became important source markets for China’s out-bound tourism industry.

With many Chinese now travelling abroad for Spring Festival, their choice of destinations has expanded along with their growing interest in exotic cultures and services.

Meng Fanhai, owner of a tourism agency in Tokyo, said his agency arranged more than 200 physical check-ups and medical treatments in 2016, up 50% from the year before and accounting for about one-third of his agency’s business from Chinese tourists.

Li Xuejing, the agency’s marketing manager, said Chinese tourists are increasingly willing to expe­rience local culture.

Yang Min, a partner of a tourism agency specialising in receiving Chinese tourists in Kenya, said the country was unfamiliar to most Chinese in 2005.

However, since 2010, more Chinese tourists have chosen the African country as a destination to experience its biodiversity.

Source by: Internet

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