PH among top Lunar New Year destinations for travelers from China, Japan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2020 11:40 AM

MANILA – The Philippines has become a top destination for Chinese and Japanese travelers during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

Citing data from its hotel bookings from China and Japan, Agoda said the Philippines is among the Top 3 Lunar New Year destinations of both countries from 2018 to 2020.

It ranked third among Chinese travelers over the past three years, with Japan and Thailand at first and second place, respectively.

Most Japanese travelers who booked their hotels with Agoda, meanwhile, have been going to Thailand for Lunar New Year. South Korea and the Philippines ranked second and third place, respectively, in 2018 and 2020. 

The United States managed to break into the Top 3 in 2019, edging out South Korea.

According to Agoda, Cebu in particular was the Philippine city of choice for travelers from China. Japanese visitors, on the other hand, have been flocking to Manila, Pampanga (Angeles/Clark), and Cebu. 

Across travelers from Asia, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand were the Top 3 countries for Lunar New Year from 2018 to 2020. 

Taiwan is slowly becoming a key destination, with four spots making it to the booking website’s Top 10 Lunar New Year cities – Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, and Tainan.