Chinese Travellers Betray Paris for Moscow

PHOTO by Artyom Geodakyan / TASS

The number of Chinese travellers who went to Paris on holiday between November 2015 and October 2016 dropped by 23.5% in comparison to a similar time period from 2014-2015. During this same period, 29.8% more tourists from China visited Moscow. This is based on a study performed by the research company ForwerdKeys, dealing with travel market analysis.

According to their report, Chinese tourist flow fell in most European countries due to safety and security concerns. Thus, Frankfurt lost 11.2% of travellers, Rome – 16.8%, Athens – 19.9%, Milan – 25.3%. The number of tourists that visited Istanbul dropped by almost half (46.1%).

Apart from Moscow, significant growth was seen in Dublin (+37.2%), Manchester (+26.8%), Barcelona (+10.9%), and Madrid (+8.5%).

In early October, it was reported that the number of Chinese tourists who visited Russia during holidays marking the formation of the PRC from Oct. 1-7, grew by 103% compared to the same period in 2015.