Date
24 November 2017
Chinese shoppers were in the spotlight during the week-long holiday, snapping up everything from toilet seats in Tokyo to luxury handbags in New York. Photo: Netease
Chinese shoppers were in the spotlight during the week-long holiday, snapping up everything from toilet seats in Tokyo to luxury handbags in New York. Photo: Netease

Chinese tourists ‘well behaved’ during new year holiday

China’s tourism watchdog said it did not see any media reports about bad behavior by Chinese tourists overseas during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.

Also, it said there was less negative coverage about domestic holidaymakers.

The National Tourism Administration (NTA) released the findings on Wednesday.

This year, tourist complaints about their travel experience are down 60.5 percent to 128 from the previous year, it said in a statement.

A record 261 million people traveled across the country during the holiday, up 12.9 percent year on year.

Tourism-related revenue climbed 14.6 percent to 144.83 billion yuan (US$23 billion).

Meanwhile, Chinese people made 5.18 million trips abroad, up 10 percent from the previous year.

Chinese shoppers were in the spotlight during the holiday, buying up everything from toilet seats in Tokyo to luxury handbags in New York.

China has been stepping up efforts to clean up its image overseas after complaints about “desirable but dislikeable” Chinese tourists.

In January, the government released guidelines to “further strengthen civilized travel [behavior]”, stressing detailed and practical measures.

Some provinces including Jiangsu, Hunan and Jiangxi have launched their own programs to promote good travel manners.

Incidents such as spitting and making loud noises have sharply decreased and more Chinese tourists have been able to deal sensibly with unexpected situations, NTA said, citing tour operators.

Thailand, Japan and South Korea were the top destinations for Chinese groups. Australia and the United States saw a large increase in the number of Chinese visitors, it said.

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