This year China is expected to attract 120 million tourists (growing at 20 percent a year) who will spend US$75.1 billion (growing at 29 percent a year). Within ten years the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that China will become the second biggest travel and tourism market in the world, after the US.
WTTC figures include:
• Investment and government spending in tourism will grow by 14 percent in 2006.
• From 2007 to 2016 grow will be 8.7 percent a year – making China the fastest-growing market in the world.
• Spending by inbound international visitors (approx. US$75 billion) in 2006, is equivalent to 7.4 percent of exports.
• Travel and tourism contributes 2.9 percent to China’s GDP.
• Spending generated by tourists could make up 13.7 percent of GDP in 2006.
• The sector may account for 2.3 percent of total employment in 2006. It currently provides 17,383,000 jobs.
Against this background the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will hold a tourism forum and exhibition this October 19-22 in Yantai in east China.
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China’s Inbound Tourists to Reach 120 million in 2006
TMCnet – USA
… BEIJING, Apr 28, 2006 (SinoCast via COMTEX) –It is expected that foreign tourists will spend USD 75.1 billion (about CNY 588.2 billion) in China this year. …
China set to become world’s second-largest tourism mart
Financial Express – Bombay,India
BEIJING, APRIL 25: The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has predicted that over the next decade China will become the second largest travel and tourism …
China to host Asia-Europe tourism forum
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
The Asia-Europe Meeting ( ASEM) will hold its first large-scale tourism forum and exhibition this October in eastern China. The …