Chinese outbound tourist numbers skyrocket in 2013

CHINA has displayed extraordinary growth in outbound tourist as long predicted by tourism pundits.

For full-year 2013, 97 million Chinese travelled overseas, according to the state-run China Daily, which quoted official statistics from China’s National Tourism Administration.

The figure is up 14 million from the previous year and a far cry from the 29 million of 2004.

The UN World Tourism Organization last year reported that China had overtaken Germany as the world’s top-spending source market, having spent a total of US$102 billion in 2012 (TTG Asia e-Daily, April 8, 2013).

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