The continuous growth of Chinese outbound travel is an asset for all of Asia, the continent being well-placed to reap the benefits of China’s continuous travel boom, says Ctrip.

Last year was a new record year for Chinese travelling overseas. According to a report by Ctrip, in co-operation with the China Tourism Academy, Chinese travellers generated 130.5 million trips outside their country, a 7% jump over the previous year (122 million travels in 2016). Looking in detail at statistics in many Asian countries, China is often now the number one inbound market. This is, for example, the case in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Maldives, Indonesia and North Korea.

Within a year or two, Chinese travellers will also be the largest inbound market for the Philippines and Lao PDR. Thailand received some 10 million Chinese travellers, while Japan welcomed last year some 7.5 million of their neighbours.