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Droves of Chinese set to travel abroad for Lunar New Year

Droves of Chinese set to travel abroad for Lunar New Year

Swarms of cash-rich mainland Chinese are booking vacations in Asia and Europe for next month's Lunar New Year holiday, driving tour prices to record highs, a Taiwanese tourism official said Sunday.
The number of Chinese traveling during the Lunar New Year holiday _ which begins Feb. 17 _ has overtaken that of tourists from Hong Kong and Taiwan, said Hsu Kao-ching, secretary general of the Tourism Business Association, adding that China's rapid economic expansion in recent years is fueling that growth.
"With their wealth ... the Chinese are having an influence in the global travel market," he said.
The Lunar New Year is the biggest festival of the year for ethnic Chinese communities around the world. It is a traditional time for family reunions, although in recent years, more and more mainland Chinese have been using the weeklong national holiday to travel abroad.
The large number of Chinese expected in popular tourist destinations, such as Phuket in Thailand, and Bali, Indonesia, has driven up tour group prices to nearly double, Hsu said.
Tour prices to France, England and several other European countries have increased by up to 40 percent, and many flights and hotels are fully booked, he said.
Hsu could not say how many Chinese are expected to travel abroad during this year's Lunar New Year holiday. But citing official Chinese figures, he said a record 34 million traveled abroad last year, with about 50 percent of those visiting Southeast Asia.


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:07 GMT+08:00