China Tourism Statistics in 2012
In 2012, the total revenue of China tourism reached CNY 2,570 billion, increasing by 14% on 2011. The domestic and outbound tourism continued to grow quickly while inbound tourism was roughly the same level as in the previous year.
The inbound tourism of China did not undergo a rapid growth in 2012 as previous years, but was roughly equal to 2011. However, the inbound tourists still reached an amazing 132.4053 million bringing revenue of 50.028 billion USD. Culture is the soul of travel. China, an ancient oriental giant with a history of over 5,000 years bears a special cultural magnetism for worldwide tourists. The Beijing Olympics in 2008, the Expo Shanghai 2010 and other international events further promoted the popularity of China. Here TravelChinaGuide provides some firsthand data on China inbound tourism in 2012 for your reference:
Top 20 China Destinations for Overseas Tourists:
|1. Beijing||2. Shanghai||3. Xian||4. Guangzhou||5. Guilin|
|6.Shenzhen||7. Hangzhou||8. Chongqing||9. Chengdu||10. Kunming|
|11. Hong Kong||12. Yichang||13. Suzhou||14. Datong||15. Zhuhai|
|16. Luoyang||17. Huangshan||18. Lhasa||19. Haikou||20. Sanya|
Top Tourist Source Countries:
|1. South Korea||2. Japan||3. Russia||4. United States||5. Malaysia|
|6. Vietnam||7. Singapore||8. Mongolia||9. Philippines||10. Australia|
|11. Canada||12. Germany||13. Thailand||14. Indonesia||15. United Kingdom|
|16. India||17. France|
The tourism environment of China improved a lot in 2012. The convenient flights network and the operation of many high speed trains in recent years (Beijing-Shanghai, Shanghai-Hangzhou, Wuhan-Guangzhou, and Guangzhou-Shenzhen) make traveling in China faster and smoother. The service quality has also risen together with the growth of tourist volume. In 2012, China has made many efforts to enhance service standards and tourist safety. Many English tourist information services and tourist distributing centers are established in some hot destinations, facilitating overseas travelers to a great extent.
See detailed information on Inbound Tourism.
With the rise of personal incomes and living standards, the outbound tourism of China grows by leaps and bounds. Chinese people are eager to go sightseeing overseas which creates an immense market for some nearby countries. The popular outbound destinations include USA, Russia, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Maldives, etc. In 2012, the number of outbound tourists totals 83,182,700, up 18.41 comparing with 2011. At present, China has increased the number of permitted overseas destinations for her citizens to 114 countries and regions. A further and sustained growth of outbound tourism is expected.
See detailed information on Outbound Tourism.
China, a county with an amazing population of over 1.3 billion, has an incomparably large domestic tourism market. In the recent decade, domestic tourism had a continuous increase of around 10% each year, which now contributes over 4% to the growth of the country’s GDP and greatly enhances the employment, consumption and the economic development of China. The most popular destinations for Chinese tourists include Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Hangzhou, Sanya, Lhasa, Chengdu, Lijiang, Hong Kong, Macau etc. The tourist volume rockets to an amazing number during the peak seasons especially the two golden weeks (the National Day Holiday from Oct. 1 to 7 and the Spring Festival), which can be the cause of problems with traffic and tourist service quality. When you plan a visit to China you should avoid these rush periods.
According to the latest prediction from the World Tourism Organization, there will be an annual increase of 43 million of international tourists over the next 20 years, and the number will soar to 1.8 billion by 2030. The Asia-Pacific area is becoming the hot destination of choice with the largest increase in visitor numbers. We wish you all a wonderful tour to China!
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Further Reading: China Tours