The Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) by www.hotel.com has revealed the most popular travel destinations and activities among Chinese tourists.
Of the top 10 most searched for destinations, nine are in Asia. Phuket, Thailand comes in first place, followed by Seoul, South Korea, and Taipei, Taiwan. The Thai capital of Bangkok also makes the list, ranking at seventh place.
The statistics showed the famous Thai beach resort of Phuket as the most searched for location for this year’s Chinese Moon Festival travel period on 6-8 September.
Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “This great news also comes at an opportune time when Thailand is now offering a tourist visa fee waiver for holders of Chinese and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) passports for three months from 9 August to 8 November, 2014. Chinese travellers planning to visit Thailand during this three-month period can make use of this wonderful scheme to come to enjoy a wide variety of tourist attractions, famous Thai food and shopping opportunities, especially in Phuket.”
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island located approximately 852 kilometres south of Bangkok. It has been a popular attraction, especially among foreign tourists from all over the world due to the natural beauty of beaches, islands, cultural attractions as well as fully-equipped modern tourism facilities that meet all needs. Some of its beautiful beaches have been recognised internationally; namely, Patong, Kata, Karon and Nai Han.
The island has seen continuous development in tourism facilities that can meet the needs of all types of holidaymakers. International travellers can find Phuket a perfect destination for various activities; namely, honeymoon, diving, yachting, golfing, and even cultural tours, sports and shopping.