Published on : Wednesday, March 8, 2017
A year before, Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping declared 2016 as the year of American-Chinese tourism. That goal appears to have come to realization, at least here in Boston. The Boston Globe reported a record 230,000 Chinese tourists visited the city last year, surpassing the United Kingdom as the greatest source of tourism.
Chinese tourists spent $273 million in Boston last year, more than triple what visitors from the United Kingdom spent. The rush in Chinese tourists came after new visa policies made it cheaper for Chinese tourists to visit the U.S. multiple times. The bureau’s hard work in recent years to draw more Chinese tourists since the first nonstop flights between Boston and Beijing were introduced by Hainan Airlines in 2014 have evidently come to reality. The bureau believes that this market can expand even further. To quote Patrick Moscaritolo, chief executive of the bureau, “If we are ever going to dive into this market and make a full court press, the time is now.”
The Boston Globe reported that online flight booking sites have seen a decline in searches from global customers and this could be financially devastating for the tourism industry. Even David Scowsill, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council has criticised Trump’s travel ban and strict visa policies.