Europe has seen a major recovery of tourism coming from China, with statistics showing that the number of Chinese tourists visiting the continent has more than doubled in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year.
According to the “Chinese Tourists to Europe Trend Report 2017” jointly released by the China Tourism Academy (a research branch of the National Tourism Administration) and two leading travel agencies, Huayuan MNB and Ctrip, the number of Chinese tourists in Europe in Q1 increased by 103 percent over last year, Huanqiu News reported.
Eastern Europe and Northern Europe saw the fastest growth, following last year’s meagre growth of just 6.3 percent.
Rome, London, Frankfurt, Paris and Barcelona were the most popular city destinations among Chinese visitors. Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Amsterdam and Helsinki also saw rising numbers.
Based on annual tourism trends as well as the domestic situation in China, the report projected that as many as 5.5 million Chinese will travel to Europe during 2017, increasing 10 percent over 2016.