US$130b predicted from tourism, Asians the biggest sourceChina | 28 Nov 2019 10:24 am
China's inbound tourism market has been on a steady growth path and the 2019 revenue is expected to surpass US$130 billion, the China Tourism Academy said yesterday, Xinhua reports.
In 2018, China received of 141 million visitors, and its inbound tourism revenue totaled US$127.1 billion, up by 3 percent year-on-year, data show.
The 2019 report shows that Asia is the biggest source of China's inbound tourists, accounting for 60 percent, followed by Europe and North America.
The leading source countries are Myanmar, Vietnam, the South Korea, Japan, and the United States, the report said.
XInhua reported earler that China had a total of 37,794 travel agencies by the end of June 2019, citing the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Five provincial-level regions, Beijing and the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shandong, each has more than 2,500 travel agencies, with Guangdong ranked first with 3,108, according to the ministry.
In the first six months of 2019, Chinese travel agencies handled over 8.56 million inbound trips. South Korea, the United States and Japan are among the top 10 tourist source markets, according to a report by the ministry.