The annual Chinese New Year holiday fuels the biggest human migration on Earth, and this year’s Spring Festival marked the largest yet.
As rising incomes and an expanding network of low cost international flights continue to boost travel overseas, the traditional ritual of ringing in the lunar New Year at home is being replaced with holidays abroad. Within China alone, the transport ministry estimates more than 6 million people will have made trips overseas during the Spring Festival this year – many choosing to head to Thailand, Japan and Southeast Asia.
But as volumes change, the way people travel is also evolving.
Roshan Mendis, senior vice president for Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific, spoke to BBC World News about these changes and the role technology is playing as travel businesses adapt:
You can read more about the changing types of traveller emerging in Asia Pacific in Sabre’s new report, The Polarisation of Asian Travellers, or listen to Sabre’s vice president of technology for Asia Pacific, Anupam Bokil, talk about the findings on Singapore radio station 938 LIVE: