Outbound tourism from the Chinese mainland is likely to exceed 4 million people during the upcoming National Day holidays, with Korea and Japan becoming the two hottest attractions and Hong Kong suffering the biggest drop.
According to forecasting data of GoldPalm, a consulting firm, the number of mainland outbound tourists during the week-long holidays will increase 11 percent year-on-year, exceeding 4 million people for the first time, the paper.cn reported on Tuesday.
The report showed that Korea will be the hottest attraction for mainland tourists while Japan is second. The number of tourists to Japan will increase by more than 40 percent from last year. Hong Kong however will suffer a 40 percent decrease in the number of mainland tourists year-on-year.
An employee surnamed Ma at China Oriental Dream International Travel Service told the Global Times on Tuesday that the company observed a similar trend.
"The previous Occupy protest and the recent civil disobedience by some Hong Kong citizens have deterred visitors," Ma said.
He explained that Japan is one of the hottest destinations because many of its products have been popular in China recently.
Reservation information for the National Day holidays shows that Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo are among the most popular destinations.