China Big­gest Source of Tourists

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Fresh data from China's Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics (NBS) sug­gests China was the big­gest source of out­bound tourism from 2013 to 2016.

The data were cited in the NBS'S re­cent re­ports on China's achieve­ments in its 40 years of re­form and open­ing-up, which in­di­cated that the num­ber of Chi­nese peo­ple vis­it­ing dif­fer­ent re­gions and na­tions has risen from five mil­lion in 1995 to 135 mil­lion in 2016, with an­nual growth av­er­ag­ing 17.6 per­cent. The growth raised China's rank­ing in out­bound tourism from 17th in 1995 to num­ber one in 2013.

The re­ports did not re­veal the rel­e­vant data for 2017, but a 2017 re­port jointly pub­lished by China Tourism Academy and the pop­u­lar tourism plat­form Ctrip cited data from the for­mer China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion as say­ing that in 2017, Chi­nese vis­its to for­eign re­gions and na­tions reached around 130 mil­lion, the high­est world­wide.

The Chi­nese yuan's ap­pre­ci­a­tion and China's fast eco­nomic growth over re­cent years are be­lieved to be ma­jor drivers of the out­bound tourism boom. Ac­cord­ing to the NBS, Chi­nese tourists spent a to­tal of US$261.1 bil­lion abroad in 2016, more than 70 times that in 1995.

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