US sees in­crease in Chi­nese tourists

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The num­ber of Chi­nese tourists to the United States last year in­creased by 14.2 per­cent to 1.97 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to China’s top tourism of­fi­cial.

“I be­lieve the num­ber of Chi­nese tourists trav­el­ing to the US will reach 20 mil­lion in 2020,” Shao Qi­wei, di­rec­tor of the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said at the eighth China-US Tourism Lead­er­ship Sum­mit held in Xi­a­men, Fu­jian prov­ince, on Tues­day.

Co-or­ga­nized by the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Brand USA, a cor­po­ra­tion es­tab­lished by the US Congress to pro­mote the US as a premier travel des­ti­na­tion, the sum­mit serves as a plat­form to boost tourism and deepen co­op­er­a­tion. Es­tab­lished in 2007, the an­nual event is al­ter­nately held in Chi­nese and US ci­ties.

While Chi­nese tourists spent a to­tal of $9.8 bil­lion in the US last year, an av­er­age of $5,414 each, US tourists spent $6.3 bil­lion in China last year, an av­er­age of $3,036, Shao said.

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