Data from Ctrip has revealed that the number of visits made by the Chinese travellers to India surged by over 70% during the January-September period, with over 60% of the travellers in their thirties or forties. Compared with other traditional overseas travel destinations, India remained a niche for most Chinese as reservations for package tours witnessed an increase of over 40%.
According to the Embassy of India in Beijing, electronic visa policies for Chinese citizens were relaxed starting from October, including lower visa fees and extended validity.
The new policies will benefit hundreds of thousands of people, further stimulating Chinese travellers’ enthusiasm to visit India. In the first three quarters of this year, Chinese travellers spent an average of RMB 649 (USD 91.8) on their visas to India, Ctrip data showed.