More Chinese Residents Traveled Overseas during the Summer Season
Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong are the most popular overseas destinations for tourists coming from the Chinese mainland during the peak tourism season in summer due to the host new visa policies and favorable exchange rates. While the outbreak of the MERS (middle east respiratory syndrome) in South Korea, which was the previous favorite destination of mainland, tourists made them look for other tourist destinations.
Based on a report by a Chinese online travel agency, outbound visits in July and August increased by 380 percent compared to the same period. Asian countries and regions are still popular destinations for Chinese tourists, but South Korea, which is the first choice, fell out if the top five top destinations. Although tourism to South Korea is slowly recovering since it became free for the MERS virus. Traditionally July and August are the peak summer vacation months and accounts for 35 percent of trips made abroad this year.
Italy is also a popular choice during the summer sue to the Expo 2015 in Milan. Tourists adjusted their European trips ahead for the Milan Expo, also the weakened Euro contributed to the growing number of trips to Italy increasing by 100 percent compared to last year. the outbound tourism development in China report that was published by China Tourism Academy stated that the country continued to make rapid strides in the global tourism market and is expecting to see 16 percent more tourists from the mainland to travel overseas in 2015.