Chinese mainland received 139 million inbound visitors in 2017, an increase of 0.8 percent compared to 2016, according to a report released by China Tourism Academy on Wednesday, June 27.
Travellers from regions like Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan led the number of people making trips to mainland China, accounting for 79.09 percent mainland China’s total inbound travel, reports Chinese news portal China News.
The largest sources of foreign tourists in 2017 were Myanmar, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Russia, the United States, Mongolia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and India.
Visitors from nations along the Belt and Road routes, the ancient Silk Road trade routes from Asia to Europe, also showed a steady increase.
The destinations chosen by inbound tourists are more diversified than before.
Travellers are increasingly choosing Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Guilin, Kunming and Shenyang to start their personalised tours in China.
In 2017, the inbound tourism revenue reached US$123.4 billion, up 2.9 percent year-on-year, with foreign tourists spending US$ 69.5 billion, up 4.1 percent compared to last year.
Dai Bin, the academy’s chairman, said more efforts are to be stressed on promoting travel services, language assistance and tour package promotions to boost the solid development of China’s inbound tourist industry, ECNS reported.
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