Chinese tourism is set to break records during this year’s Spring Festival holidays with more than 5.76 million sightseers expected to travel abroad.
More than 2.65 million tourists are planning to spend Chinese New Year’s Eve abroad, an increase of 11 percent, according toThe Paper. Despite the large numbers, growth in New Year tourism is down from a 30 percent increase in 2015.
Nine out of the top 10 destinations are in Asia, with packages for independent tourists in Asian destinations up 600 percent this year, according to a report by AsiaOne.
Thailand, Japan and South Korea are the most popular places to visit thanks to simplified visa application processes.
The slight drop in tourism growth has been attributed to a variety of circumstances, most notably China’s economic situation and growing fear over worldwide terrorism, according to an industry analyst.