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China tourists prefer Southeast Asia cities for natural scenery and local food

12/06/2017| 3:00:12 PM|

Chinese tourists are flocking to Southeast Asia cities, attracted by its cultural familiarity of leisure and dining options which give a boost to tourism, according to World Tourism Cities Federation.

Li Baochun, executive deputy secretary-general of WTCF, said according to studies, Southeast Asian cities namely Bangkok, Hanoi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Manila were among the top 10 most popular destinations among Chinese tourists.

"In 2016, more than 30 million trips were made between China and Southeast Asian countries, as well as about 700 million trips during China's National Day holiday from October 1 to 8 this year," he told Bernama in an interview during 6th Global Summit on Urban Tourism.

In the first half of 2017, Chinese tourists were ranked number one for most outbound trips, with 62 million trips.

"Visa-free regime with China is the major factor in attracting China tourists to visit those countries. In fact, collaborations among airlines also boosted visits to Southeast Asia with more than 2,800 flights connecting those countries with China every week," said Li.

Elaborating, he said natural scenery and tasting local food were the most evident features of Chinese tourists during their travel to Southeast Asia countries.

Meanwhile, Li said the Southeast Asia cities should work closely to package multi-city tours and itineraries to woo more Chinese travellers to the region as the demand for air travel continued to grow in China.

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