Data from Ctrip showed that the number of visits made by Chinese to India surged by over 70% during the January-September period, with over 60% of the travelers in their thirties or forties.
Compared with other traditional overseas travel destinations, India remained a niche for most Chinese, a Ctrip product manager said, adding that as Chinese people learn more about India, reservations for package tours have seen an increase of over 40%.
According to the Embassy of India in Beijing, electronic visa policies for Chinese citizens were relaxed starting from October, including lower visa fees and extended validity.
The new policies will benefit hundreds of thousands of people, further stimulating Chinese travelers' enthusiasm to visit India, a Ctrip employee estimated.
In the first three quarters of this year, Chinese travelers spent an average of RMB 649 (about USD 91.8) on their visas to India, Ctrip data showed.
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