As the 2017 Chinese Spring Festival approaches, as many as 6 million Chinese people are expected to tour abroad, spending an estimated 100 billion yuan(USD 14 billion), reports the National Business Daily.
China has been the world No.1 outbound tourism consumption country for four consecutive years, accounting for over 13% of the total tourism revenue globally.
As of December 10th, data from C-trip, a leading provider of travel services in China, shows that Chinese tourists will travel to 174 countries or regions around the world, spending an average 9.2 days out of China.
Bangkok, Tokyo and Singapore are among the most popular destinations.
Airlines in China have increased air travel routes around the world. China Southern Airlines has devoted 30% of its planes to overseas flight. In December, two new international air routes were launched, including direct links from Guangzhou in southern China to Toronto and Adelaide.
Chinese tourists are the third-largest group visiting Canada, growing by 24% in the first half of 2016, according to China Southern Airlines.
Hainan Airlines(HU) and China Eastern Airlines(MU) have also launched new direct international air routes.
In December 2nd, HU launched a direct air route from Beijing to Las Vegas, the first of its kind on the Chinese mainland.
Travelers who book with MU can now take direct flights from Shanghai to Chicago, Los Angeles, Madrid, Amsterdam, St Pertersburg, and more global destinations.
Chinese Spring Festival falls on January 28th, 2017.