Tokyo has overtaken Bangkok as the number one Chinese New Year (CNY) destination for Asian travellers in 2018, a title held by Bangkok for the last two years, according to global online booking platform agoda.
Japan has taken three of the top spots as Kyoto makes an entry for the first time and Osaka moves up from 9th place in 2016 to 3rd top destination for CNY 2018. City escapes have dominated the rankings with only one beach destination–Phuket, Thailand–making the top ten.
The appeal of Tokyo’s nearby Yokohama Chinatown district — which hosts two weeks of events, including a countdown party, traditional lion dance performances, parades, and a Lantern Festival — has attracted travelers from all over the world, with the largest groups of foreign visitors hailing from Taiwan (26 percent), South Korea (15 percent) and Mainland China (15 percent).
Meanwhile other destinations such as Singapore and Chiang Mai have slipped down the rankings: from 3rd place in 2016 to 8th place in 2018 and from 7th place in 2016 to 12th place in 2018, respectively.
Though Tokyo is attracting the most travelers from across Asia for CNY, agoda’s booking data suggests that many Japanese won’t be celebrating locally this year, with 70 percent taking advantage of the long holiday to go long-haul — with Bangkok, Seoul and Pattaya as the top foreign hotspots for this year’s travelers. Those that do stay locally will be heading to Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa.
About the research
Destination booking data was collated for CNY dates in 2016, 2017 and 2018 across Asia.
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