By: Central News Agency
Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Taipei was second-top of the list of destinations searched for on the Hotel.com Chinese-language website in the first five months of 2015, following Hong Kong, according to an annual Hotel.com study on outbound travel by mainland Chinese travelers. Asian destinations comprised nine out of the top 10 spots on the list, with Paris the only non-Asian destination in the top 10 — Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Seoul, Phuket, Tokyo, Osaka, Chiang Mai, Singapore and Paris — the 2015, or fourth edition of the Hotel.com Chinese International Travel Monitor shows.
The study also found that based on the number of rooms booked on the Hotels.com Chinese website in 2014, Taiwan was the 10th-highest destination Chinese travelers intended to visit in 2014, and the fifth-highest they actually traveled to that year.
The top 10 destinations Chinese travelers actually visited last year were the United States, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom. According to the study, tech-savvy, younger and more affluent Chinese formed a substantial part of the 20 percent growth in the number of outbound mainland Chinese travelers, which reached 107 million in 2014. [FULL STORY]