China outbound tourism spendings up

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Added On May 18, 2017

New data published by the United Nations World Tourism Organization showed that spending by Chinese tourists abroad rose by 12 percent in 2016.

According to the UNWTO, Chinese tourists spent about 260 billion dollars abroad last year, up 11 billion dollars in 2015.

Chinese outbound tourism has grown by at least 10 percent for the past 13 years, and it has been the biggest source of tourists since 2012. 
 
John Kestor is Coordinator for Tourism Trends and Market Strategies of the UNWTO. He said almost one in five dollars spent around the world on international tourism, comes from Chinese pockets.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): JOHN KESTOR, Coordinator at UNWTO
"According to the latest data that we have recently published, last year Chinese spent 261 billion US dollars for travel abroad. That's for all reasons, for reasons of leisure, business, education etc. That means they are number one in spending and means at almost one in five dollars spent around the world on international tourism, nowadays is spent by Chinese."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): XU JING, UNWTO Regional Director for Asia, Pacific Area
"To me it has been a real revolution if I may say so. If you can recall when Chinese outbound tourism started, it began with such a low volume, it was unknown to the rest of the World. Compare those years with now."
 
Xu said the main reason for the growth is the sustained economic growth in China.

And as economic growth in China promotes international tourism, international tourism from China is promoting sustainable growth elsewhere.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): XU JING, UNWTO Regional Director for Asia, Pacific Area
"If you look at the job creation part, a very high percentage of the market going to Asian counties like Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, this has contributed socially to the welfare of these countries."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): JOHN KESTOR, Coordinator at UNWTO
"Chinese travelers spent a very handsome amount of money and that directly translated into employment for people working in the tourist sector in lodging, food, shopping, handicraft. All of those trades thrive because of Chinese travelers."
 
2017 is the year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, with Chinese tourists rapidly moving into niche markets around the world, such as rural tourism, shopping and gastronomy.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): JOHN KESTOR, Coordinator at UNWTO
"Airlift is very important, but the VISA is even more important. We are seeing more and more countries that make visa facilitation for Chinese much easier. Many countries are now introducing schemes of visa on arrival or e-visa, where it is much easier to get a visa."

Popular destinations for Chinese tourists include Japan, Thailand, the U.S. and Europe.

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