Outbound tourism sees slower but steady growth
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.
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.