A study by flights data specialist Forward Keys and the European Travel Commission, or ETC, found visitors from China heading to Central or Eastern EU destinations up by 10.3% between May and August this year.
Compared with the same period of 2017, the last four months of 2018 bookings are 9.4% ahead.
The study said the initiative has found success in promoting lesser-known destinations such as Estonia, which saw an increase of 45.3%, while Chinese arrivals in Bulgaria went up 43.4%.
The most popular destination among southern EU nations is Croatia, with Chinese arrivals up 46.2% in the period from May to August, while bookings made between September and December are up 66.4%.
Overall, the report said that Chinese travelers to Europe were up 4% in the first eight months of 2018.
In the period from September to December, Chinese bookings to European Union nations are up 4.7% year-on-year.
The driving markets are Hong Kong, Macao and second-tier cities in the Chinese mainland, according to the findings.
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