• 137 million overseas tourists will visit China in 2016 : CNTA

    Ramesh Tiwari
    March 2, 2016
    137 million overseas tourists will visit China in 2016 : CNTA

    Beijing – More than 137 million overseas tourists will visit China in 2016, a jump by 2.5 percent from the previous year.

    This would be the second year of growth in inbound tourism after the country saw years of decline in foreign tourists since 2011.

    During the annual work meeting held on Jan 29, China National Tourism Administration set its development goal of 2016. The international tourism revenue in 2016 is expected to reach $121 billion, an increase by 6.5 percent.

    Earlier, China Tourism Academy, a think tank under China National Tourism Academy, also confirmed the trend. It predicted more than 138 million overseas tourist would visit China.

    Li Shihong, deputy head of the administration, said second- and third-tier cities, as well as small towns including Wuzhen of Zhejiang province, Yueyang of Hunan province and Tongli of Jiangsu province will play a leading role in attracting overseas tourists , China Daily reports.

    “Second- and third-tier cities and small towns have unique culture symbols, beautiful landscape and have persevered history in their daily lives better (than modern cities). All those are attractive factors to frequent visitors to China,” said Li. “Besides, the high-speed railway network has connected small towns and also made them more accessible than before. It is a great timing for them to develop inbound tourism industry.”

    Tourism official vows big 2016 investment

    According to Xinhua news ,  China will invest 20 percent more in its tourism industry this year than in 2015 in hope that the industry’s annual revenue will rise by 10 percent.

    Investment will rise to 1.2 trillion yuan ($180 billion) and revenue to 4.55 trillion yuan, said Li Jinzao, head of the National Tourism Administration, at an industry conference recently.

    Chinese are expected to make 4.38 billion trips for tourism within China this year, up 9.5 percent on 2015, and revenue from their travels will rise by 11 percent year on year to 3.8 trillion yuan, said Li.

    A total of 263 million tourist trips are expected to be made by Chinese going abroad and foreigners coming into China in 2016, up 5 percent year on last year.

    Tourism is playing an increasingly important role in China’s economic growth as the country is steering the economy from one led by investment to one more driven by consumption. The sector accounted for about 10.8 percent of total GDP growth and 10.2 percent of national employment last year.Source : China Daily / Xinhua

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      January 20 : Republican billionaire Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president
      January 23 : Syria peace talks begin in Kazakh capital Astana
      March 29 :United Kingdom officially launches the Brexit process
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      April 6 : US cruise missiles destroy Syrian air base
      April 9 : Bombings at two churches in Egypt kill dozens
      April 16 : Refugee death toll passes 1,000 in Mediterranean
      April 16 :Turkey says YES to presidential system
      May 6 :Emmanuel Macron elected French president defeating Marine Le Pen
      May 19 :Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election
      May 22 : Terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert
      June 5 : Gulf nations severe ties with Qatar
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      June 14 :London fire kills 71 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
      July 4 :North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s missile ambitions
      July 28 : Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office
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      September 24 : Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term
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      Top ten most visited cities

      Between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016 .The top ten most visited cities are:
      CityVisitors
      HONG KONG26.6 million
      BANGKOK 21.2 million
      LONDON19.2 million
      SINGAPORE16.6 million
      MACAU15.4 million
      DUBAI14.9 million
      PARIS14.4 million
      NEW YORK12.7 million
      SHENZHEN12.6 million
      KUALA LUMPUR12.3 million

      Source: Euromonitor International

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