Report: Outbound travel market far from mature
Though China has huge potential in the overseas travel market, a report suggests that outbound tourism is at a fledgling stage, with those going abroad a small part of the total population and the travel market is far from mature.
The study by China Academy of Social Sciences estimates that the number of Chinese travelers going abroad grew by less than 10 percent in 2016, the second year under the mark of 10 percent after years of rapid expansion.
A total of 151 countries and regions are open for Chinese travelers, with 57 having preferential visa policies. As a result, 122 million Chinese traveled overseas in 2016, making it the largest country in terms of number of outbound travelers, according to China National Tourism Administration.