According to new statistics, Vietnam has become the 10th most popular destination for Chinese tourists. The country is set to become even more popular with 200 millions Chinese tourists will travel abroad in 2020. Last year, 135 million Chinese people were reported to made outbound travel.
This year Vietnam has overtaken France to enter the top 10 China’s travel destination as figures from CLSA or Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia, brokerage and investment firm in Hong Kong. The list is continued lead by Hong Kong, Thailand and South Korea.
More than 400 Chinese travelers across 25 participated in the survey. Average age of respondents are 35 with the monthly income of 20,000 yuan ($2,900).
Chinese tourists are remain more concerned about safety, followed by cost and beautiful landscapes.
As cited by the South China Morning Post, a series of terror attacks last year in Europe had deterred Chinese travelers.
Number of summer bookings to Europe’s top destinations, especially France and Turkey had been fall down by the attacks by a MarketWatch report, citing data from American Express last May.
Vietnam’s main source of tourists has always been China thanks for the safety and short flight distance. In the first six months of 2017, China market increased 57% compare same time last year, reaching nearly 1.9 million and accounting for 30 percent of all foreign arrivals. Around 2.7 millions travelers from mainland were welcomed in 2016, a jump of 51% from 2015.
The Vietnamese media said that Chinese visitors were encouraged by a new policy that allows groups of travelers who visit the border province of Quang Ninh, home of World’s Heritage Site Ha Long Bay, with up to 3-days free of visa.
Chinese tourists could have a big impact on Vietnam’s economy, said by A Bloomberg report last December. The report said Vietnam’s economic might growth by nearly 1 percentage point thanks for 30 percent increase in spending by Chinese tourists. For Thailand, another famous country for travel in South East Asia, that would be around 1.6 points.
Edward Lee, an economist with Standard Chartered Plc in Singapore, was quoted as saying in the report that “Chinese tourism is pretty big for ASEAN now, and all the countries rely on Chinese visitors to keep coming and keep spending,”.0