Jun. 5 – China’s outbound tourism market saw healthy growth in 2018 as mainland travelers registered 149.72 million outbound visits last year, up 14.7% from the previous year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. China’s tourism market is expected to enjoy healthy year, outbound holidays are forecast to climb 11% to over 166 million in 2019, according to the China Tourism Academy.
China’s Outbound Tourism Increasingly Popular
The ministry described the outbound tourism market as “growing at a steady pace”. In total, the country’s tourism industry grossed a revenue of 5.97 trillion yuan ($880 billion) last year, and preliminary estimates showed the sector contributed 11.04% to China’s GDP in 2018, according to the ministry. Tourism, especially outbound tourism, has become more and more popular among Chinese residents who increasingly emphasize high quality services and better shopping experiences, industry observers said. According to the China Tourism Academy, Chinese travelers spent some $120 billion in 2018 on tour packages, tickets, hotel reservations and shopping.
Group Tours – Predominant with Chinese Seniors Travelers
By way of travel packages, group tours remain the most popular products among Chinese travelers, according to insider of a travel agency in Shanghai, especially prevalent among seniors, and nearly 90% of travel agency’s elderly customers choose to travel in groups. Far-off destinations such as the United States and Africa usually rely on tour groups. It’s estimated that by the end of 2020, the number of middle class families in China will reach over 200 million, and they are expected to spend 19% of their yearly salary on outbound travel, the China Tourism Academy cited the World Bank as saying. China’s tourism market is expected to enjoy healthy prospects in 2019. Outbound visits are forecast to climb 11% this year to over 166 million, according to the China Tourism Academy.
Destination for Chinese Travelers with Preferential Policies
Today’s Chinese tourists have just as much wanderlust as their Western counterparts, as more opt for independent travel and unique locales, and they also represent huge dollars in the international tourism industry. That has spurred a growing number of global destinations to welcome Chinese visitors with preferential policies. Earlier this year Travel & Leisure posted a lists of the hottest travel destinations for 2019, and a number of the countries listed give easier visa clearance for Chinese citizens. Also, destinations such as Thailand, Japan and Africa were hot destinations for Chinese travelers, especially after some countries issued preferential policies last year. For example, about 20 nations－including Mauritius, Morocco and Tunisia－now offer visa waivers or landing visas as perks to Chinese travelers.
Connect with Chinese Tours Operators
Today, with Chinese tourists growing, the Chinese travel to Europe for sightseeing is popular; even some Chinese investors already stretch to tourist filed. Such as China’s Fosun to bid for UK’s Thomas Cook , Chinese conglomerate Fosun International is considering a bid for all or part of United Kingdom-based travel company Thomas Cook – the world’s longest-running tour operator, according to a recent report. For some European local hotels, shopping platform or duty-free shops, to attract more Chinese tourists mean more businesses, they welcome Chinese tourists to come shopping on its platform, to stay in their hotels, enjoy cultural differences, and having a great time. For the China Tourism Industry Report-Data and Statistics 2019-2023 are available upon request, please contact with DCCC or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org