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Published on : Friday, April 21, 2017
Chinese tourists are going with spending on travel abroad in spite of the challenges in recent years, as per the UNWTO statistics. UNWTO’s 2016 results on international tourism expenditure from major outbound markets shows Chinese tourists spent 12% more ($11bn) to reach $261bn in 2016, as travel numbers rose by 6% to reach 135 million.
This increase in outbound travel has helped destinations in Asia and the Pacific, including Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand, in addition to long-haul locations like the US and Europe. China’s outbound spending places it as the top international outbound tourism market, much before the US, Germany, the UK and France in the top five spenders.
To quote UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, “People continue to have a strong appetite for travel and this benefits many countries all around the world, translating into economic growth, job creation and opportunities for development”.
In March, UNWTO reported that international tourist arrivals to the 28 member states of the EU reached almost half a billion, according to preliminary results contained within the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’ The update shows the spirit of the EU bloc since the global economic and financial crisis hit in 2009, with UNWTO adding that 107 million more tourists have entered the EU than the pre-crisis level of 2008.