Chinese tourists spend big on overseas dining in October holiday season
Chinese tourists continue to be a driver of seafood consumption in Asian destinations like Bangkok and Singapore.
Chinese tourists spent USD 90 billion (EUR 76.4 billion) during this year’s October festival, up 12.2 percent on the same festival last year, according to the China Tourism Administration. They made 710 million trips abroad, up 10 percent year-on-year.
The top three destinations for Chinese tourists this holiday season were Thailand, Singapore, and Japan. The United States also received a big boost, with Chinese visitors spending a total of USD 35 billion (EUR 29.7 billion) in the U.S. in 2016, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
Posts on Chinese social media suggest considerable spend on seafood, with photos and reviews of Bangkok restaurants like Somboon Seafood and Mahachai Seafood on Chinese dining site Diangping.com. Also featuring on Diangping and on microblog site Weibo: Singaporean seafood restaurant chain Zhen Bao (Jumbo Seafood), as well as the city’s Dancing Crab restaurant.