Chinese Tourist Numbers Increase Significantly
The Chinese Tourism Administration recently released a list of the top 10 travel destinations for Chinese holidaymakers, with Vietnam impressively positioned in seventh place. In excess of 2.2 million Chinese tourists came to Vietnam so far this year. That figure is up an amazing 55% on last year; roughly one in four visitors to Vietnam are Chinese. Between April and June 2016 alone, 600,000 Chinese tourists made the journey into Vietnam.
The short flying time between China’s southern cities and Hanoi is attracting large numbers of travellers. At the same time both countries have been working hard to improve cross border relations. Most Chinese tourists do obviously enter in the north of the country. Quang Ninh, with its famous tourist site of Halong Bay, is an extremely busy border crossing. Earlier this month, officials in Quang Ninh announced that as from 1 January, 2017, groups of Chinese visitors will be permitted to stay for up to three days without a visa.
Vietnam is working hard to improve the international perception of the country as a tourist destination. In recent years it has been closing the gap on Thailand, the big player in Southeast Asian tourism. There is still a long way to go, but they are moving in the right direction. In the same second quarter period that Vietnam received 600,000 visitors, Thailand saw 2.4 million Chinese tourists, making it the number one destination. It was followed by South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and then Vietnam. Chinese travellers have spent an impressive $229 Billion in 2015.
Chinese tourism is booming, with the number of people travelling abroad growing at an incredible 19.5% year on year. This has seen the number in 2015 being 13 times higher than that in 1998, according to Chinese Tourism Figures.
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