BRUSSELS, February 27, 2018: Chinese willingness to travel overseas remains positive in the first months of 2018, a trend that was affirmed during the Chinese New Year holiday week.
According to the European Travel Commission’s latest Long-Haul Travel Sentiment Survey and Index, nearly three in five (58%) Chinese respondents plan to travel internationally up until the end of April 2018.
Europe remains the number one destination for Chinese planning long-haul travel.
The strong interest for travel to Europe reflects the increasing affluence of Chinese citizens, improved air connectivity, competitive fares, and the opening of many new visa application centres across China.
Additionally, public-private initiatives aimed at strengthening the presence of European tourism in China such as the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year and Partnerships in European Tourism are expected to support the surge in Chinese travel flows to Europe for the foreseeable future.
Chinese travellers are keen on exploring multiple destinations in one single trip.
The majority (67%) of Chinese respondents expect their next holiday to Europe to last approximately one week and consist of visits to multiple European countries. Besides the most popular destinations, such as France, Germany and Italy; other destinations like the Netherlands and the Czech Republic are gaining popularity among Chinese.
In line with the global travel trends, 60% of Chinese respondents expressed interest in heading into the great outdoors for more nature-related experiences. Simultaneously, Europe’s culture, history and famous landmarks continue to attract many visitors and make a big mark on Chinese travel in Europe.
The Long-Haul Travel Sentiment Survey and Index is an initiative of the European Travel Commission, the European Tourism Association (ETOA) and Eurail Group aimed at monitoring travel sentiment in some of the most important outbound travel markets for Europe – Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and the US.
See more findings in the latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer #12/2018 here http://etc-corporate.org