Trip ad­vi­sors

Chi­nese tourists are re­shap­ing the global tourism in­dus­try and im­pact­ing the world econ­omy, not only with their money, but also with their habits - and tour op­er­a­tors are re­spond­ing

NewsChina - - COVER STORY - By Yi Ziyi

For coun­tries keen to boost their tourism in­dus­tries, China is the sin­gle largest source of in­ter­na­tional tourists and the most sig­nif­i­cant source of tourism ex­pen­di­ture, with 130 mil­lion tourists a year who spend some US$115 bil­lion on their trips. China is al­ready the largest source of in­bound tourists for 10 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Thai­land, Ja­pan, South Korea, Viet­nam, Cam­bo­dia, Rus­sia, Mal­dives, In­done­sia and South Africa.

These smart­phone-ad­dicted, spend-happy tourists are chang­ing the global tourism in­dus­try and rewrit­ing the rules. Whether des­ti­na­tions are ready or not, Chi­nese tourists are al­ready on the road and they are go­ing fur­ther and faster.

Gold Rush

“Chi­nese tourists are the most pow­er­ful sin­gle source of change in the tourism in­dus­try,” Taleb Ri­fai, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the UN World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNWTO), told the South China Morn­ing Post in Oc­to­ber 2017.

Last year, Thai­land and Ja­pan re­mained the two hottest

Chi­nese tourists pose for pho­tos at the Hon Chong scenic site on Septem­ber 9, 2017 in Nha Trang, Viet­nam. With a to­tal of 2.7 mil­lion tourists in 2016, China is Viet­nam’s largest source of tourists. Most main­land Chi­nese head to the cen­tral coastal...

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