100 million Chinese to travel abroad by 2015
More than 100 million Chinese will travel abroad by 2015, according to the latest projections from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA). Shao Qiwei, Chairman of the CNTA, told a meeting of key tourism industry leaders in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, that total spending by Chinese outbound travellers will exceed US$100 million in five years time – more than double this year’s projected total. According to figures released by the China Tourism Academy, China’s tourists spent US$43.7 billion in 2009. This year that figure is expected to rise to US$48 billion, generated by some 54 million Chinese tourists.
China’s state news agency, Xinhua, reported Shao as saying that the country was focused on developing its tourism industry. “The Chinese government will attach greater importance to the development of tourism and take effective measures to facilitate a sound and rapid growth of the industry,” he told delegates in Nanjing.
In addition, the meeting heard that more than two million Chinese tourists are expected to visit the United States by 2015, with three million Americans travelling the opposite way. According to CNTA statistics, the number of Chinese visitors to the US surged 33% year-on-year to 730,000 during the first eight months this year, while 1.33 million US tourists travelled to China during the same period – a rise of 17%.
“China and the United States share broad prospects of tourism development as both countries have become major sources of tourists for one another,” Shao told the meeting.
|posted on||October 22, 2010|