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
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.
“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...