Other than the (sometimes obligatory home visit), family time and visiting the many aunts, uncles, family friends, cousins, neighbours, co-workers parents, neighbours parents, great aunts, uncles, grandparents and the sisters husbands cat, Chinese travellers will be moving all over the globe this Chinese New Year.
The largest migration of human beings in the world is underway. So, where are they headed this Chinese New Year and for the rest of 2017?
According to Ctrip, Thailand is most popular of the top 10 overseas destinations for Chinese tourists this time of the year, followed by Japan.
By now, you will probably have read numerous ‘trends for 2017’ articles (check out our own ‘China Travel Trends for 2017’). We wanted to explore what might be too early, dying or just plain won’t take off and why in travel for 2017.
1. VR – There will still be continued hype around VR but so far it has been pretty disappointing and we predict adoption in the travel space will be slow as people struggle to find the sweet-spot between compelling content for the platform and genuine use-cases. A better space to follow this year will be live-streaming travel, particularly in the Asian market.
2. BOT delivery for everything – Sure, bots will deliver flight and hotel results to satisfy many travellers but research shows travellers still require an element of the human touch – which is in part why chozun’s blend of AI, data and expert human intelligence appeals.
With Friday the 13th looming over superstitious minds, we’re inspired by the likes of our Chinese companions who aren’t as tied to the number being unlucky, along with people like Frano Selak who has cheated death seven times then won the Croatian lottery to look at the luck in this revolving universe. We’ve looked at some of the luckiest places to travel this Friday 13th, turning the superstitious tradition on it’s backside.
The New Year is upon us. Here’s what we celebrated this week to kick off 2017.
Celebrated: Black and White Carnival (Carnaval de Blancos y Negros)
Place: Pasto, Colombia
Date: 2 January
How chozun celebrated: Face painting, music and you bet, we danced
The clock ticks 12am. There’s a countdown that most don’t get right, some even miss. Fireworks. Music. Fun. You’ve been preparing for the New Year. Heck, in 2016, the line up of famous people who passed are enough for us all to want to kiss 2016 goodbye. To start fresh.
Who will you kiss at midnight? What will you wear? You’ve sorted all your New Years Resolutions. You are ready to go – be healthier, lose weight, quit smoking, stop drinking (as of the 02.01.2017), get fit, don’t eat as much chocolate, visit Mum & Dad more, learn to drive, do more yoga, spend more time doing things for yourself, travel, buy a house, and all the rest.