(Yicai Global) Aug. 1 -- Chinese tourists rank China first in the world in terms of tourism safety, and prefer overseas destinations that are generally considered safer, according to a survey from online travel giant Ctrip.Com International Ltd. [NASDAQ:CTRP].
Some 67 percent of Chinese tourists voted China as safe, Beijing Daily reported on July 31. Japan came in second with 51.6 percent of tourists deeming it safe while Singapore topped Southeast Asia. The top 10 list also includes New Zealand, Iceland, Australia, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.
The survey found that Chinese tourists are now attaching more and more importance to safety and prioritize this when making travel decisions and online reservations.
Chinese tourists' judgment on the safety of a country is usually a comprehensive impression that is easily affected by recent events and public opinion. Their travel choices are particularly affected by terrorist activities, natural disasters, vicious crimes, large-scale infectious diseases and other events. Other factors include unfriendly people, conmen and inefficient or corrupt governments.
"The countries deemed safest by Chinese tourists are all relatively developed regions with a high degree of civilization and public order," said a travel expert at Ctrip. "This is consistent with Chinese travelers' impressions of safety in overseas countries."
The top ten cities ranked by the tourists were Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Naning, Macau and Chengdu, with tourists generally considered greater economic income and a mature tourism sector as the biggest factors affecting safety.
Ctrip also issued a list of high-risk countries in line with safety reminders from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of Consular Affairs. The department warns travelers to "stay away" from or "travel with caution" to Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan's ninth largest city Quetta, three of Nigeria's northeastern states, Liberia and Iraq, among other countries and regions.