China Outbound Tourism News

149 million Chinese travelers visited overseas in 2018

by cpp_admin on March 21, 2019

According to the recent report by China Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 149.72 million Chinese travelers visited overseas destinations in 2018, a 14.7% increase comparing to 2017, and spent $120 billion. China continues to be the world’s largest outbound source market. Considering that only 10% of the population own passports, and only 71.25 million Chinese travelers actually visited a foreign countries (78.47 million visited Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) which means only 5 out of 100 Chinese citizens have visited foreign countries in 2018, China market still has a lot of potential.

Tourism is no longer just for shopping and sightseeing, but opportunities to discover the world through immersive experiences of local culture and engagement, and opportunities to discover oneself where the motivation of travel is for self-reflection and personal development by spiritual completion., China’s largest online travel agency (OTA) recently released “Top 20 overseas travel source market cities in 2018” report. Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou are the top 3 source markets. Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Kunming, Wuhan, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Guiyang, Jinan, Nanchang, Hefei and Qingdao were ranked from 4th to 20th.

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