- Posted by Newsdesk
- On 18th July 2018
- chinese outbound tourism, Christopher Ledsham, COTRI Weekly, vietnam
With over 2.5 million Chinese arrivals in the first half of 2018 – accounting for 30% of all international arrivals – Vietnam experienced its most successful half-year period for Chinese outbound tourism to date. The total is 36.1% higher than 2017’s equivalent figure of 1.9 million and 214% larger than the 820,000 received in the first half of 2015.
The remarkable growth will accordingly see Vietnam overtake South Korea as the fifth most visited outbound destination among Mainland Chinese travellers for H1 2018, behind Hong Kong and Macao in Greater China, as well as Thailand and Japan.
Having welcomed over 8 million Chinese tourists in 2016, South Korea’s continued slump in visitor numbers from China – which saw only just over 1 million Chinese arrivals in Q1 2018 (a -30.5% year-on-year decrease) – can however be read as a cautionary tale for Vietnam and other regional destinations in which the China has become an essential source market for international tourist arrivals[…]
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