Out­bound tourism sees slower but steady growth

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s out­bound tourism in­dus­try is slow­ing , with ob­servers cit­ing the de­pre­ci­a­tion of the yuan and the threat of ter­ror­ism.

The China Tourism Academy, a think tank un­der the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, fore­cast that the coun­try would see 133 mil­lion out­bound vis­its in 2016, a rise of 11 per­cent year-on-year. While that is close to the 12 per­cent growth seen in 2015, it is down sig­nif­i­cantly from rates of 18 to 22 per­cent ex­pe­ri­enced from 2010 to 2012.

Zhang Lingyun, a tourism pro­fes­sor at Bei­jing Union Univer­sity, said that China will con­tinue to make rapid strides in trips and over­seas con­sump­tion, but such ex­plo­sive growth would not hap­pen again.

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La­bor­ers work on the glass bridge across the Zhangji­a­jie Grand Canyon in Zhangji­a­jie, cen­tral China’s Hu­nan prov­ince on Mon­day. The bridge is 430 me­ters (1,410 feet) long, 6 me­ters (19.6 feet) wide and 300 me­ters (984 feet) above the val­ley. It is ca­pa­ble of hold­ing 800 peo­ple at once and is ex­pected to be opened to tourists in the first half of this year.

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