Travel TrendsOutbound tourism from China set to boom, with many APAC destinations coming up as favourites for Chinese travellers.

Where are Chinese travellers going during May Day holidays?

Thailand is the top destination for Chinese travellers for 2023 May Day holidays.
Thailand is the top destination for Chinese travellers for 2023 May Day holidays. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/anekoho

Chinese travellers are ready to travel again, if going by their hotel bookings for the May Day holidays, according to DidaTravel. The China-based B2B accommodation wholesaler announced that Chinese tourists' international hotel bookings for the upcoming May Day holiday have increased 30-fold YoY, surpassing pre-pandemic 2019 volumes by 18%.

Moreover, the ADR for Chinese international hotel bookings has also increased by 47% YoY, reaching 95% of their 2019 level, making it clear that Chinese travellers are eager to resume their travel plans.

The top 20 most booked international destinations for Chinese tourists during the May Day holidays are:

  1. Thailand
  2. Malaysia
  3. US
  4. Indonesia
  5. Japan
  6. Philippines
  7. UAE
  8. Singapore
  9. Vietnam
  10. Australia
  11. UK
  12. South Korea
  13. Italy
  14. Spain
  15. France
  16. Turkey
  17. Canada
  18. Germany
  19. Brazil
  20. The Netherlands

The return of Chinese travellers during the May Day holidays is a significant driver of recovery for the wider catering, hospitality, aviation, and logistics sectors.

The significant growth in the Chinese outbound tourism sector will be an essential factor in helping these industries recover from the pandemic's devastating impact.

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