Chinese travel spend increases

SHANGHAI, 18 February 2019: Chinese travellers are spending more according to a spending power index that has consistently climbed over the last three years according to the China Tourism Academy.

Since 2017 when the spending index scored 113.9 the academy’s research shows it is now 115.4 as 2019 gets underway.

More Chinese tourists selected high-quality accommodation, especially male travellers, with year-on-year growth of 45.3%.

Tourist consumption on food and beverage surged 43.7%.

The report said about 50% of tourists selected a short trip during the holiday, but the number of long trips has gradually risen since 2017.

Online travel agency Ctrip reported recently 57% of travellers opted for four to six-day trips and 23% booked seven days or more.

Ctrip’s report said the average spending on outbound travel was 7,000 yuan (USD1,033), or double that of domestic travelling.

China’s top 10 departure cities to outbound travelling were Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qiangdao, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jinan and Chengdu. Tourists from Beijing spent most during outbound travelling to nearly 9,000 yuan, followed by Shanghai at around 8,500 yuan.

The 10 popular destinations for Chinese tourists were Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Taipei, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Chinese tourists to Thailand and Japan accounted for over 30% of the outbound travelling.

Tourists from Shanghai spent the most on domestic travel at 3,416 yuan, and tourists from Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hanzhou also spent over 3,000 yuan.

Ctrip said the post-1980s become the main force of travel during the holiday, accounting for over a quarter of the total travellers and the post-2000s accounted for 22%.

(Source: Chinanewservice)