Macau is the second most popular destination of the 122 million mainland Chinese tourists who travelled abroad in 2016, spending the equivalent of US$109.8 billion, according to the annual report of the China Tourism Academy.
The document, quoted by newspaper China Daily, said the main destination for mainland Chinese tourists was Hong Kong, and seven of the eight remaining top 10 destinations located in Asia – Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia – and in eighth place the only non-Asian country, the United States of America.
The China Daily did not publish figures for tourists seeking foreign destinations, but in the case of Macau the Statistics and Census Bureau reported that the territory was visited in 2016 by more than 20.4 million tourists from mainland China, or 66% out of a total of 30.9 million.
The Chinese Academy of Tourism report also showed that the majority of Chinese tourists had a medium to medium-high income, with those who spent between 5,000 and 20,000 yuan (US$760 to US$3,040 dollars) accounting for three-quarters of the total.
The Tourism Academy said in the 13th edition of its annual report that the number of tourists seeking the countries and regions involved in the “Belt and Road” initiative has grown significantly, to at least 50 million in 2016. (macauhub)