Thursday, April 24, 2014   

100m Chinese take flight and spend US$102b overseas
(01-09 11:27)

Nearly 100 million Chinese tourists visited foreign countries last year, and they are likely to remain the world's biggest-spenders, state media reported.
A total of 97 million Chinese tourists left the country in 2013, up 14 million from the previous year, the state-run China Daily reported, citing official data from National Tourism Administration.
Chinese travellers spent US$102 billion overseas in 2012, making them the world's biggest spenders ahead of Germans and US tourists, and are almost certain to have surpassed that record last year, the report said, citing researcher Song Rui.
“Chinese tourists spend so much abroad that some foreigners are calling us ‘walking wallets',’’ Song, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was quoted as saying.—AFP


   
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