Out­bound tourism Boom

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chi­nese out­bound tourism has wit­nessed “ex­plo­sive growth” in the past 10 years, and the trend is likely to be main­tained in the next decade, ctrip ceo sun Jie said. chi­nese main­land trav­el­ers made more than 120 mil­lion out­bound trips in 2015, 313 per­cent more than 2005, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased ear­lier by ctrip, china’s lead­ing on­line travel agency, and think tank cen­ter for china and Glob­al­iza­tion. In the first half of 2017, 62 mil­lion over­seas trips were made by chi­nese tourists, ac­cord­ing to the china Na­tional tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion. “About 15 mil­lion out­bound tourists chose ctrip an­nu­ally. their trips abroad have cre­ated, di­rectly and in­di­rectly, up to 100 mil­lion jobs world­wide,” ac­cord­ing to sun. sun said china’s tourism co­op­er­a­tion with Brics coun­tries will be­come closer and tourists can en­joy ben­e­fits in var­i­ous as­pects from visas to flights in the fu­ture. Africa. this is made pos­si­ble be­cause Ant has ex­tended its part­ner­ship with mo­bile pay­ment and mar­ket­ing plat­form Zap­per to in­clude 10,000 mer­chants in south Africa, ac­cord­ing to a joint state­ment. chi­nese tourists can pa­tron­ize restau­rants, bars, the­aters, book shops and ad­ven­ture parks, and then pay in yuan through Ali­pay on their smart­phones. over 110,000 chi­nese tourists vis­ited South Africa in fis­cal year 2016, a rise of 38 per­cent from a year ago, ac­cord­ing to data from the south African depart­ment of tourism. Glob­ally, Ali­pay’s pay­ment ser­vice is now linked to over 200,000 brick-and-mor­tar stores in over 30 coun­tries in europe, North Amer­ica and south­east Asia.

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