US sees increase in Chinese tourists
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.