Chinese tourists benefit global tourism industry

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The travel bug: Chinese tourists cross a street near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
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Chinese tourists made 726 million trips during the holiday, generating more than 599 billion yuan ($87 billion) in tourism revenue.

Chinese tourists not only contribute a lot to domestic tourism revenue but also to the income of many other countries and regions, since nearly 7 million outbound trips were made from the Chinese mainland during the week-long National Day holiday.

Domestically, Chinese tourists made 726 million trips during the holiday, which took place from 1-7 October, generating more than 599 billion yuan (£66.7bn) in tourism revenue, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Overseas, Chinese tourists from more than 100 cities went to more than 1,000 destinations in about 100 countries and regions, according to a report released by China’s largest online travel services provider, Ctrip, on Monday.

The top 10 destination countries and regions were Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and the US, according to the report.

Official data from Thailand showed that in the first eight months, the country received more than 7.7 million tourists from the Chinese mainland, a year-on-year increase of 16.51 per cent, bringing in about 9 million yuan in revenue.

Compared with last year, trips to the US fell by around 42 per cent during the seven-day National Day holiday. In the first nine months, the number of Chinese tourists to the US dropped by around 5 per cent.

Trips from female tourists accounted for 56 per cent of the total outbound trips during the holiday, 42 per cent from families and 30 per cent from couples, according to Ctrip’s report.

Rather than purchasing lots of overseas products during trips as they did in the past, Chinese tourists paid more attention to the experience of local cultural and folk activities.

According to the report of another online travel services provider, Lvmama, each Chinese tourist spent 6,247 yuan, on average, on an outbound travel product. And a travel product in Norway cost more than 20,000 yuan per person.

Mobile payment continued to soar at popular overseas destinations for Chinese travellers, according to a report from major mobile payment provider Alipay.

Bicester Village, an outlet shopping area near Oxford in the United Kingdom, the Dotonbori commercial area in Osaka, Japan, and Australia’s Sydney Airport were cited as the top three locations for Chinese consumers to pay using their phones.

Read full article at Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/travel/chinese-tourists-and-global-tourism/

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