Skip to comments.Holiday to be boon for places overseas (Chinese overseas tourists 60 million)
Posted on 10/01/2011 9:26:40 AM PDT by Cardhu
BEIJING - Even as some travel destinations struggle to attract tourists, flocks of Chinese are expected to go overseas during the National Day holiday, according to the country's top tourism think tank.
The China Tourism Academy, a research institute, forecasts that 2.2 million Chinese tourists will travel overseas during the weeklong holiday that starts on Oct 1.
The number of outbound tourists is expected to increase by a double-digit percentage above what it was in the same period this past year, the academy said. And travelers during the holiday are expected to spend $950 each on average, or $2.1 billion in total.
"Outbound travel has become more attractive to the Chinese since some overseas destinations are not as expensive as domestic resorts, which are usually not comfortable places to visit because too many people go to them during the holiday," Dai Bin, head of the academy, said in an interview with China Central Television.
According to the academy, the Maldives, Phuket Island in Thailand, Bali Island in Indonesia, Hong Kong and South Korea are expected to be among the destinations preferred by Chinese mainland tourists during the holiday.
They will be popular because they can provide both good accommodations and tax deductions to Chinese tourists who buy luxury goods. Dai also noted that such places are offering more services in Mandarin.
The holiday boom in travel has also helped the tourism industry to regain some of the momentum it lost during a year of natural disasters and political turmoil.
"For the month of October, we have seen better sales of tours to Japan," said Yao Yao, marketing manager with the Beijing-based tour company China Comfort Travel.
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In 2010, China came in fourth in a ranking of countries whose citizens spend the most in their overseas travels.
I have to say that Chinese tourists have terrible manners.
In the main, the ones I have run across don’t understand that one doesn’t push in line or knock people out of the way. The biggest offense is on buses.
It isn’t that they are intentionally rude. If you talk to one, they are polite and pleasant, but apparently it is something they do in China and bring it elsewhere.
*and yes, I have Chinese relations so put your bigot hat somewhere else.
**The Russians are possibly ruder
hmm... Russian tourists — I can’t say I’ve met many of them, but they did not seem rude to me. The German young tourists were rude, the elderly folks are diametrically opposite — exceedingly polite
It isn’t so much rudeness as an obnoxious boisterousness. They remind me of a sixth grade class I chaparoned when my children were small.
I’d never do that again!
Germans are just very curt. My family was German and I retain a lot of that very curtness which I think some see as rude.
No, the young Germans are not curt, they're just obnoxious and boisterous. They wear the worst kind of clothes and are loud and noisy. The seniors are different.
I’ve had different experience with them. My husband and I had a great time with a young German family who befriended us so maybe my time with them has colored my viewpoint.
My sister thinks Italians are awful and my son thinks they are the friendliest people in the West.
Italian tourists -- well, yeah I agree with your sister AND your brother. They are loud but they are among the friendliest people in the West.
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