Giving insight into Chinese outbound tourism market
SHANGHAI, March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ctrip(Nasdaq: CTRP), the largest online travel agent in Asia and the second largest in the world released the "2017 China Outbound Tourism Travel Report" alongside China Tourism Academy (CTA), a specialized institute under China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).
The number of outbound trips has reached 130 million in 2017, up 7.0% from 122 million in 2016. An estimated 115.29 billion USD was spent during 2017, a year-on-year increase of 5%. Chinese travelers are becoming increasingly focused on their well-being and the purpose for making outbound trips has changed from sightseeing and shopping to enjoying high-quality services. According to Ctrip statistics, Ctrip's tailor-made travel and local guide platform has served millions of tourists in 2017. Such personalized trips designed by Ctrip travel planners are becoming a popular option for Chinese travelers.
Chinese travelers have greater demand for assistance throughout their trip and are more focused on safety. Ctrip's "Global SOS" service provides 24/7 emergency responses and support for our ever growing travelers. 2017 saw a total of 2191 SOS cases from which 82% were for outbound travel. With a 94% success rate, it has since been widely accepted by our users.
In terms of outbound travelers, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Wenzhou spent the most. Lesser well-known cities are seeing huge growth in outbound tourist numbers. Chengdu surprisingly overtook Guangzhou and Shenzhen and ranked third in the number of outbound tourists with other cities such as Changsha (up 200% increase) and Xi'an (up 300% increase in tourist numbers) have also seen increasing rise of outbound tourists.
Thailand and Japan remain to be the two hottest outbound destinations. With more flight connections, better exchange rate and fewer visa restrictions, many emerging destinations such as Morocco, Turkey and Tunisia are seeing huge growth in visitor numbers.
About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume. Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip also helps customers book vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China.
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