Outbound tourism Boom
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.