Over 21 million people visit China between January and May

9 July 2007

Hohhot, China, 9 July – China received 21.53 million visitors between January and May this year, a year on year rise of 10.1 percent, the director of the National Tourism Administration said Saturday in Hohhot.

During a national conference on tourism held Saturday in Hohhot, the capital of the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, Shao Qiwei said that revenues from those visitors in the period totaled US$14.8 billion, or 13.1 percent more than in the first five months of 2006.

In the same five-month period, 16.03 million Chinese tourists traveled outside the country, a 14 percent rise year on year.

During his speech, Shao said that the country would receive some 53.6 million tourists in the whole of 2007, generating revenue of US$37 billion. (macauhub)