Chinese travelers spent 12 percent more in overseas

Published on : Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hands touching a globeOne of the leaders in international outbound tourism, China was equally strong last year. Followed by the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and France, 2016 was yet another significant year in terms of Chinese outbound tourism.

The UNWTO World Tourism Barometer points out the fact that with a 12% increase in spending, China relentlessly occupies the top position in international outbound tourism followed by the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and France respectively.


2016 being a strong year for Chinese outbound tourism, the world’s one of the foremost outbound markets so far. If we look at the statistics, overseas tourism expenditure grew by US$ 11 billion to US$ 261 billion, which accounts an increase of 12 percent respectively.


Last year, the total number of outbound travelers rose by 6 percent to 135 million. This growth in outbound travel from China turned profitable for many destinations in Asia and the Pacific, most importantly Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand along with long-haul destinations like the United States and other countries in Europe.

Besides China, three other Asian outbound markets ranked the first ten positions showing very positive results. The Republic of Korea (US$ 27 billion) and Australia (US$ 27 billion) both spent 8% more in 2016 and Hong Kong (China) made an entry to the top 10 following 5% growth in expenditure (US$ 24 billion).


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