Hotelbeds, the bed bank company, has revealed the top international destinations for Chinese travellers during the seven-day Chinese New Year holiday period starting on 24 January. According to its booking for this year’s break, Thailand is the most popular destination, with Japan and Singapore ranking second and thirdly respectively for two consecutive years.
These are followed, in descending order, by Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, the US, Philippines, Spain, and Italy in tenth place. Whilst it is noteworthy that Vietnam and South Korea have this year dropped out of the top ten countries, replaced by Spain and Italy respectively, nonetheless the two remain popular with Chinese tourists and come in at eleventh and fifteenth place this year.
“Sourcing China-ready hotel product.”
Additionally, it should be noted that a trend for Chinese travellers visiting a wider range of countries continues, with Chinese travellers booking hotels through the Hotelbeds bed bank to travel 104 countries for the Chinese New Year holiday period, up from 102 last year and only 88 in 2018.
China remains the 4th biggest source market for Hotelbeds globally and the company offers Chinese travel intermediaries – such as tour operators, airlines, points redemption schemes, and retail travel agents – access to over 180,000 hotels, 24,000 transfer routes and 18,000 activities, available in over 185 countries.
Forrest Zhang, managing director of Hotelbeds in China said: “Sourcing China-ready hotel product around the world and offering a wide range of accommodation products, plus in destination activities, has been our strategy for growth in China, which has successfully taken in not only popular international destinations but also those lesser-known destinations that Chinese travellers are now starting to explore.”