Ctrip clients love Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 October 2018: CTrip’s outbound travel popularity list for the Golden Week holiday that closed 7 October placed Thailand top the outbound travel list for the second year in a row.

Japan and Hong Kong followed in second and third place, according to the Ctrip report, which is based on travel bookings through China’s largest travel corporation.

Booking trends ahead of the holiday suggested that Japan might unseat Thailand to take the top slot on the holiday bookings list”, but the recent typhoon “Tanmei” unsettled the market.

According to Ctrip, clients made online bookings for outbound package tours, independent travel, customised tours and cruises, while embarking on trips from more than 100 departure cities. Ctrip clients travelled to close to 100 countries and more than 1,000 destination cities worldwide.

According to Ctrip’s data the top 10 destinations during the holiday week were: Thailand; Japan; Hong Kong; Vietnam; Singapore; Taiwan; Korea; Indonesia; Malaysia and the United States.

Compared with last year’s National Day report, the top two destinations, Thailand and Japan, held on to their rating.  However, Hong Kong rose from sixth to third place, and the United States dropped from fifth place to 10th, a decline blamed on the trade-war between China and the US.

In addition, Russia, Cambodia, Italy, Australia, Canada, Turkey, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, the Maldives, the United Kingdom were also listed as popular destinations.

But despite, reports that travel from China had slumped 50%, Thailand continued to rank during the holiday week at least for Ctrip clients.

No surprises, the top destinations were Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai.

Prior to the national day week, Thailand set up fast-track lanes for Chinese tourists at five airports; Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai.

The booking data also showed that 56% of all travellers were women, 12 percentage points higher than men.

“They are the main force of the Golden Week travel boom for major travel sectors such as group, family and cruise travel. Of all those who booked with Ctrip during the holiday week, 42% were family groups and 30% couples.

Ctrip statistics showed that 86% of outbound tourists purchased travel online with a high proportion booking upscale travel content such as five-star hotels.

The company is promoting its “private group” that has some features adopted from traditional tour package content, but offers a more personalised experience.  Private group arrangements are popular when booking travel to Bali and Japan. Approximately one out of 10 bookings are for “private group” itineraries.

(Source: Ctrip, China News Network)