China’s tourism revenue for the upcoming New Year’s Day holiday is estimated to reach 76.5 billion yuan ($11.7 billion), an increase of 12.7% YoY, according to China National Tourism Administration.
Japan sees more repeat vacationers from China, while South Korea loses favor with travelers over soured diplomatic relationships.
Vietnam has welcomed over 4 million Chinese visitors so far this year, up 48.6 percent against the same period last year, the General Statistics Office said on Wednesday.
Tourists from China topped the list for the second year running at more than 3.2 million during the period, 4.15% year-on-year growth.
China's National Tourism Administration said that Sanya, a popular beach city and Harbin, a snow city, were expected to the most favoured travel destinations during the forthcoming New Year's Day holiday.
Sanya, China's top destination for island tourism, received a total of 620,000 inbound tourists by the end of November of 2017, representing year-on-year growth of 70 percent.
With competition for the tourist yuan heating up, Thailand’s influx of Chinese visitors, and the congestion at its airports and resorts, are likely to remain for years.
Christmas markets are becoming an important attraction for independent Chinese travelers looking for experiences that are different to those sought by mainstream tourists from China.
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