If you think you’ve noticed more Chinese tourists in your city lately, you’re not mistaken.
According to global accommodation booking website Hotels.com®, Chinese travellers continue to take the world by storm, up 20 percent to 107 million in 2014.
They’re also younger, more independent-minded, tech-savvy – and increasingly cashed-up.
But where are they headed? According to the survey, Australia, Japan and France are the most desired destinations to visit in the next 12 months.
Top 10 destinations Chinese travellers say they would like to visit in the next 12 months
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
The findings are startling: outbound Chinese travellers could number around 174 million in four years’ time, spending about CDN$342 billion annually, according to forecasts.
According to 2015 searches on Hotels.com from greater China, the most visited destinations in Canada were Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal; followed by Markham, Banff, Niagara Falls, Calgary, Victoria and Whistler.
Although Toronto is the most popular overall destination for international travellers, according to the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) Vancouver and four other Western cities are top spots among Chinese travellers.
Of the landmarks outside China they’d most like to visit in their lifetimes, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Mount Fuji top their wish list, although Canada’s Niagara Falls was still a contender in the eighth spot.
Top 10 foreign landmarks for Chinese travellers
- Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
- Mount Fuji (Japan)
- Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
- Palace of Versailles (Paris)
- Venice (Italy)
- Grand Canyon (USA)
- Himalayas/Mount Everest
- Niagara Falls (Canada)
- Acropolis of Athens (Greece)
- Sydney Opera House (Australia)
“This year’s report is another wake-up call to host countries around the world to pull out all the stops to accommodate Chinese travellers and tailor their services for this market as the potential is huge,” said Abhiram Chowdhry, Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for the Hotels.com brand.
“These new globetrotters really enjoy travelling. They are younger, more independent, highly tech-savvy, happy to spend – and they know exactly what they want.”