Beijing, China, 24 Nov – The Chinese are traveling in ever greater numbers, with 25.6 million having traveled abroad in the first 10 months of the year, an 8% increase year-on-year, a Chinese National Tourism Administration (CNTA) official has said.
According to Liu Kehzi 76 countries and regions are currently involved in receiving groups of Chinese tourists.
Foreign trips for Chinese tourists began in 1997 with destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines as well as Hong Kong and Macau. That year 5.2 million Chinese citizens took a trip.
Since then the numbers have forged ahead, said Liu Kehzi. In 2002 the figure hit 16.6 million and last year it totaled 28.85 million.
A significant detail, according to Liu Kehzi is that the number of Chinese citizens traveling abroad on state business has become less significant every year.
According to figures form the World Tourism Organization, Chinese citizens that traveled abroad in 2002 spent over USD 15 billion, an annual increase of 11%, placing China in seventh place in the world ranking. (macauhub)