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Southeast Asia top choice for Chinese tourists

Southeast Asia top choice for Chinese tourists

BEIJING (Bernama) – Southeast Asian countries remain top destinations for Chinese tourists during their National Day holiday, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported citing the China Tourism Academy (CTA).

Statistics of the CTA showed that Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines were among the 10 most popular destinations for Chinese outbound travellers during the holiday from October 1 to 8 this year.

Thanks to over 45 per cent of Chinese travellers to Southeast Asian countries, the number of flights between China and Asean countries witnessed a surge of more than 2,700 flights a week.

Nine Southeast Asian nations offered visa-free or visa-on-arrival policies for Chinese tourists.

Tourists and local residents cross a road in a shopping hub of Kuala Lumpur. – AFP

In 2016, more than 30 million trips were made between China and Asean countries, compared with 10 million in 2011. The two are each other’s largest overseas tourist destinations and largest sources of tourists.

According to Ctrip, a leading provider of travel services in China, the number of Chinese outbound tourists is expected to jump to six million in this year’s holiday.

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