So, who are China’s independent travelers? According to the data presented by Skyscanner and UnionPay, the lion’s share of all Chinese independent travelers are part of the millennial generation—68 percent of independent travelers are between 15 and 34 years old.
The report also reaffirms that a majority of China’s independent travelers are educated—94 percent of independent travelers hold degrees equivalent to or higher than college school.
Gender ratio (top left), age distribution (top right), and level of education (bottom) among China’s independent travelers
China's leading car-hailing service provider Didi Chuxing (Uber competitor) has worked with Finnish Lapland tourism bureau to give Chinese tourists an authentic Christmas experience during the holiday season. Without having to travel to Rovaniemi, users of Didi Chuxing have been offered the surreal experience of touring around the Santa Claus village and make wishes to Saint Nick through the virtual reality (VR) function on the Didi app.
Using the VR option on the company's app, Didi Chuxing have been spreading some Christmas spirit in China.
The announcement was first made by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. The EU-China Tourism Year represents an excellent opportunity for both regions to boost the travel sector.
More Chinese coming to Europe
Alipay’s new partnerships will enable Chinese travelers to use the Alipay app in a similar fashion to how it works domestically—as a shopping portal that makes it an interesting advertising tool for merchants that accept Alipay. Through the Alipay app, Chinese tourists will be able to find nearby retailers that accept Alipay using their smartphones’ geolocation feature.
China-U.S. Tourism Year 2016 came to the end on Sunday, with officials from both countries pledging to expand tourism cooperation and enhance friendship. Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday that the China-U.S. Tourism Year has helped expand people-to-people exchanges and given fresh impetus to bilateral relations.
“As we close the Tourism Year and look to the future, I want to assure all of you that we will continue to promote more traveling and tourism between our two nations”
A cheaper yuan tends to make overseas trips more expensive for Chinese travellers. But judging by the numbers — the depreciation is not holding back China’s outbound tourists. The impact from the weak yuan on Chinese tourists going abroad is being offset by the holiday joy.
A tourism website founder said: “The yuan’s drop has had a limited impact. Chinese tourists want something more"