Thailand is most searched destination for Chinese Airbnb guests

Thailand is the most searched destination for Chinese Airbnb guests. According to Airbnb’s data, the Land of Smiles was the most searched spot for Chinese travellers within 24 hours of the government’s announcement on December 26, 2022, to lift inbound quarantine requirements.

The entire list of the top 10 search destinations for Chinese tourists includes:

  1. Thailand
  2. US
  3. UK
  4. Japan
  5. Australia
  6. Canada
  7. South Korea
  8. France
  9. Malaysia
  10. Italy

The top cities within Thailand that Chinese guests searched for were Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Pattaya.

Searches among Chinese guests have spiked for the categories of historical homes, domes, boat houses, and camping tents. These became the most anticipated searches by Chinese users in 2023, Nation Thailand reported.

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During Chinese New Year, Thailand was one of the most popular destinations for nights booked by Chinese guests on Airbnb, along with the US and Japan.

Airbnb’s General Manager for Southeast Asia, Amanpreet Bajaj, said it was “extremely encouraging” to see the uptick in international travel interest among Chinese guests.

Amanpreet vowed to continue working with Airbnb’s host community, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in China, to welcome travellers safely, and with Thailand’s world-famous hospitality.

Amanpreet added that Airbnb would also keep drawing attention to lesser-known destinations in Thailand, to support “a more inclusive tourism recovery.” Amanpreet said…

“After more than two years of travel restrictions, the desire for international travel amongst Chinese guests is at an all-time high. With Thailand being one of the most popular destinations globally, it is no surprise that Chinese travellers have ranked it top of their list of places to visit.”

Apart from Airbnb, Thailand was the most searched travel destination for Chinese New Year this year. China’s borders are open for the first time in three years and Chinese travellers were looking to get away to celebrate the upcoming two-week Chinese New Year – or Lunar New Year – (“trut jeen” in Thai language) holidays.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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