Thailand tops Chinese New Year bookings

SHANGHAI, 31 January 2019: Thailand, Japan and Singapore are the top destinations for Chinese travellers according to Hotelbeds’ latest booking data.

The leading bedbank, identified the top-10 international destinations for Chinese travellers for the seven-day Chinese New Year holiday that kicks in Monday 4 February.

Thailand was named the most popular destination followed by Japan and Singapore in second and third place. The other top destinations, based on advance bookings, are Malaysia, the US, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Vietnam and South Korea.

Spain and Italy dropped out of the top-10 list, replaced by Vietnam and South Korea, but they remain popular with Chinese tourists coming in at 11th and 12th.

Data shows Chinese travellers are visiting more countries this year up from 88 in 2018 to 102 this year.

China remains the number one source market in the wholesale channel for Hotelbeds in Asia Pacific and is now the fourth biggest for Hotelbeds globally.

The Chinese New Year holiday, also known as ‘Spring Festival’, is a seven-day national holiday in China that takes place from Monday, 4 February  to Sunday, 10 February.

According to the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), 6.5 million Chinese mainland tourists travelled aboard during the seven-day Chinese New Year holiday in 2018, with that figure set to increase to 7 million this year.

All figures quoted are based on bookings made via the Hotelbeds booking platform.