Group data shows outbound flight bookings surge from Mainland China; a spike in demand expected for upcoming Lunar New Year break

  • Singapore, South KoreaHong Kong SAR, Japan and Thailand led the surge as the most popular destinations for air travelers
  • Overall growth has also been seen in visa application searches over the past few months
  • Busier season ahead of Spring Festival as Group warms up for record outbound travel after nearly three years of border closures

Shanghai, December 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On the morning of December Group, a leading global travel services provider, recorded an incredible 254% increase in the continent of China Outbound flight bookings compared to the previous day.

flights to Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong (porcelain), Japan and Thailand led the surge, making them the top five tourist destinations after the continent of China Decision to reopen the borders b December 27.

Singapore had the fastest growth of all destinations, with flight bookings jumping sixfold, followed by an average jump of 400% in bookings to the other four destinations. Moreover, bookings for long-haul flights to United Kingdom, United States and Australia also grew

Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hangzhou Claim the top five most popular departure cities in light of online searches for outbound flights. Meanwhile, the rising demand for international travel is further reflected by a surge in interest among overseas tourists looking to visit porcelain.

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Jane SunCEO of Group, said, “The move will create huge opportunities for both the Chinese inbound and outbound travel markets. As one of the first travel companies to enter the international market, Group provides an outstanding global business. stop services But, of course, opportunities always come with challenges. While rapidly expanding our global network, the Group is also preparing for the additional pressure on the service system that is expected to be caused by the increase in demand. We are confident that we can provide Chinese travelers who cannot travel the world for three years with a safe and enjoyable trip.”

Passport issuance for business and tourism

A surge in the volume of travel orders comes as of China The National Immigration Administration announced December 27 This begins January 8, 2023It will process the requests of Chinese citizens for ordinary passports for tourism, as well as renew the issuance of permits for mainland residents to visit Hong Kong for tourist and business purposes.

The news gave a boost to visa processing services. According to platform Ctrip, a sub-brand of Group, searches for outbound visas jump 300% as soon as news of of China The re-opening of the border broke out, with those for entry approval to enter Hong Kong Takes off five times.

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It should be noted that visa applicants on the Ctrip platform during the past months mainly included business travelers. After the removal of mandatory quarantine measures for incoming passengers was announced on the evening of December 26Customers who consulted Ctrip on visa matters did so mainly for tourism purposes.

Outbound travel boom for the New Year

less than two weeks later porcelain lifting its quarantine restrictions for incoming visitors January 8, 2023The country will celebrate its traditional New Year holiday, a normal peak season for outbound travel movements. Group data reveals that searches for travel during this period to pre-pandemic tourist hotspots have increased significantly, with Japan, Thailand, South Korea, United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia And the United Kingdom turns out to be the most sought-after destinations. Searches for package tour products during the New Year holiday also jumped sixfold.

Addison ChenGeneral Manager of Destination Marketing at Group, commented, “After the policy announcement, many overseas travel destinations were among the first to notice the change, and we immediately came up with a series of cooperative offers aimed at Chinese outbound tourists. with them, including Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Singapore, Australia, United States, Canadaand South Korea. As we move forward in the face of the new market demand, we will quickly combine valuable destination resources abroad and release a package of attractive outbound tourism products and services to prepare ourselves for the new opportunities available in the tourism recovery.”

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