By China Daily
The study by flights data specialist Forward Keys and the European Travel Commission, or ETC, found visitors from China heading to Central or Eastern EU destinations up by 10.3 per cent between May and August this year.
Compared with the same period of 2017, the last four months of 2018 bookings are 9.4 per cent ahead.
The report is part of the ETC's major strategic political initiative, EUChina Tourism Year, aimed at promoting Europe as a destination to the rapidly growing Chinese tourism market.
The study said the initiative has found success in promoting lesserknown destinations such as Estonia, which saw an increase of 45.3 per cent, while Chinese arrivals in Bulgaria went up 43.4 per cent.
The most popular destination among southern EU nations is Croatia, with Chinese arrivals up 46.2 per cent in the period from May to August, while bookings made between September and December are up 66.4 per cent.
In August, the ETC approved funds to Croatian and Slovenian tourism authorities for their joint promotion in China named Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia, which was designed to strengthen the visibility and reputation of the two countries in the Chinese market.
Overall, the report said that Chinese travelers to Europe were up 4 per cent in the first eight months of 2018.
In the period from September to December, Chinese bookings to European Union nations are up 4.7 per cent yearonyear.
The driving markets are Hong Kong, Macao and secondtier cities in the Chinese mainland, according to the findings.