Published on : Tuesday, September 9, 2014
According to a report, Japan and South Korea have become most favored destinations for Chinese tourists, over the last year. The report was based on data released at the 2014 Beijing Fragrant Hills Summit, held by the World Tourism Cities Federation, Sept. 4.
Most famous federation’s member cities for Chinese tourists were in Japan and South Korea. Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and South Korea’s Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju all topped the list. In terms of long-distance flight destinations, Paris, London, Rome, Berlin, and Los Angeles were most popular among Chinese tourists.
In 2013, Chinese tourists expended approximately 19,871 yuan (US$3,240) per person on average overseas, mostly on shopping, comprising 57.8% of the total. According to the report, visitors spent most in Seoul on average and independent travelers spent more money than those traveling in group tours.
During the opening of the summit, Chief of China’s National Tourism Administration, Shao Qiwei, said that China has become the world’s largest source of tourists. The number of Chinese who traveled abroad in 2013 reached 98.2 million, up 18% from the previous year, and the figure is expected to exceed 500 million within the next five years.
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