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China Inbound Tourism in 2008

In 2008, because of the effects of the US financial crisis on the world economy, China inbound tourism was also affected and had suffered a financial crisis as well as various emergencies and disadvantages. It was subjected to an unprecedented tribulation. However, China tourism had overcome the difficulties and kept a steady development.

 

Statistics of Oversea Tourist Arrivals

2008 (million) 2007 (million) Growth (%)
Total Tourist Arrivals 130.0274 131.8733 -1.40
Foreign Tourists 24.3253 26.1097 -6.8
From Hong Kong 78.3501 77.9489 0.5
From Macau 22.9663 23.1868 -1.0
From Taiwan Province 4.3856 4.6279 -5.2

Total (stayed overnight) 53.0492 54.7198 -3.1
Foreign Tourists 19.7041 21.3989 -7.9
From Hong Kong 25.6686 25.3814 1.1
From Macau 3.8790 3.9183 -0.8
From Taiwan Province 3.7975 4.0212 -5.6

International Tourism Receipts 40.843 billion USD 41.919 billion USD -2.6

 

Statistics of Oversea Tourist Markets


 Statistics of Foreign Market 

In 2008, the foreign market of China inbound tourism suffered much. The number of foreign tourists had different rate of decline from each continent compared to the previous year. The total number of foreign tourist arrivals was 24.3253 million, decreasing 6.8% from the preceding year.

The market share of Asian tourists took up 59.9% of the total foreign visitors, down 9.4% on the previous year. Among the Asian countries, South Korea was the largest tourist source country to China. The intercontinental market also suffered much impact. The number of tourists from Europe, America, Oceania, and Africa, down 1.5%, 5.1%, 5.5% and 0.2% respectively compared to the previous year.

The number of the oversea tourists who stayed overnight in China increased a bit from the previous year. The average expenditure per day was 200.43 US dollars, 4.04 US dollars and 2.1% more than the last year. However, the average duration of stay was 7.0 days, equal with the previous year.

Top 16 tourism source countries
Order Country Number of Tourist Arrvals
(Unit in 10,000 persons )
Percentage of Increase (%)
01 South Korea 396.4 -17.09
02 Japan 344.61 -13.36
03 Russia 312.34 3.98
04 the United States 178.64 -6.04
05 Malaysia 104.05 -2.02
06 Singapore 87.58 -5.01
07 Philippines 79.53 -4.53
08 Mongolia 70.53 3.42
09 Australia 57.15 -5.9
10 Thailand 55.43 -9.38
11 Britain 55.15 -8.85
12 Canada 53.47 -7.36
13 Germany 52.89 -4.99
14 India 43.66 -5.58
15 France 43 -7.21
16 Indonesia 42.63 -10.66


 Statistics of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Market

In 2008, Hong Kong and Macau market generally remain the same with last year. While Taiwan market was affected slightly larger.

The number of tourists from Hong Kong was 78.3501 million, increasing 0.5% compared to that in 2007. Among them, tourists who stayed overnight in China mainland were 25.6686 million, increasing 1.1% and accounting for 32.8% of the visitors from Hong Kong; the rest 52.6815 million had a one day tour in China mainland, up 0.2% and accounting for 67.2.% of the Hong Kong visitors.

Tourists from Macau numbered 22.9663 million, decreasing 1.0% than 2007. Among them, 3.8790 million stayed overnight, down 0.8% and taking up 16.9% of the visitors from Macau; those who had a one day trip in Chinese mainland numbered 19.0874 million, decreasing 1.0% and taking up 83.1% of the visitors from Macau.

The number of tourists from Taiwan totaled 4.3856 million, down 5.2% from the preceding year. Among them, 3.7975 million stayed overnight in China mainland, decreased 5.6% from the precious year. 

 Reception of Oversea Tourists and Tourism Revenue (by Provinces, Autonomous Regions and Municipalities)

In 2008, Chinese provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities under the direct jurisdiction of the central government received a total of 75.0075 million inbound tourists, rose 2.59% from the preceding year. There were 25 administrative areas that received over 500,000 tourists. They are Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Beijing, Fujian, Shandong, Yunnan, Liaoning, Guangxi, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Anhui, Shaanxi, Tianjin, Hubei, Hunan, Henan, Shanxi, Chongqing, Jiangxi, Hebei, Hainan, Sichuan, and Jilin. Guangdong hosted 25.6797 million tourists, still leading over all other provinces and autonomous regions.

Chinese provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities received 42.4290 million foreign tourists, up 0.8% over the previous year. A total of 24 autonomous regions and municipalities received over 400,000 foreign tourists: Guangdong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, Liaoning, Shandong, Heilongjiang, Yunnan, Inner Mongolia, Guangxi, Tianjin, Fujian, Shaanxi, Hubei, Anhui, Chongqing, Hunan, Henan, Hebei, Shanxi, Hainan, Jilin and Sichuan. Guangdong still ranked the first in the country, hosting 6.0882 million foreign tourists.

There were 27 provinces, regions and municipalities’ income of foreign exchange from international tourism exceeded 100 million US dollars. They are Guangdong, Shanghai, Beijing, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Liaoning, Shandong, Yunnan, Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Shaanxi, Hunan, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Anhui, Chongqing, Hubei, Henan, Hainan, Shanxi, Hebei, Jiangxi, Jilin, Sichuan, Xinjiang, and Guizhou. Guangdong was still the country’s No. 1, with the international tourism revenue of 9.175 billion US dollars.

International Tourism Revenue by Provines, Autonomous Regions and Municipalities
Order Provinces and Cities Tourism Revenue
(Unit in 100 Million US Dollars)
Growth (%) Reception of Tourists
(Unit in 10,000 persons)
Growth (%)
01 Guangdong 91.7498 5.4 2567.97 4.4
02 Shanghai 49.7172 6.4 526.47 1.2
03 Beijing 44.5913 -2.6 379.04 -13
04 Jiangsu 38.8020 11.9 544.3 6.2
05 Zhejiang 30.2408 11.7 539.67 5.6
06 Fujian 23.9353 10.3 293.19 9.1
07 Liaoning 15.2618 24.3 241.87 20.9
08 Shandong 13.9110 2.9 253.67 1.6
09 Yunnan 10.0755 17.2 250.22 12.8
10 Tianjin 10.0139 28.6 122.04 18.2
11 Heilongjiang 8.6995 35.4 200.61 41.9
12 Shaanxi 6.6011 7.8 125.73 2.1
13 Hunan 6.1742 -3.9 111.02 -7.9
14 Guangxi 6.0166 4.3 201.02 -2.2
15 Inner Mongolia 5.7719 5.9 154.93 3.7
16 Anhui 4.5445 32.1 132.09 24.1
17 Chongqing 4.4978 17.6 87.19 14.5
18 Hubei 4.4255 7.2 118.75 -9.9
19 Henan 3.7444 17.7 104.36 18.5
20 Hainan 3.1388 4.1 70.65 -6.2
21 Shanxi 3.0065 35.6 93.93 27.3
22 Hebei 2.7395 -11.4 75.02 -8.3
23 Jiangxi 2.5170 28.7 80.21 20.7
24 Jilin 2.1144 17.9 61.73 13.6
25 Sichuan 1.5388 -70 69.95 -59.1
26 Xinjiang 1.3578 -16.1 36.32 -17.2
27 Guizhou 1.1697 -9.4 39.54 -8.1
28 Tibet 0.3112 -77 6.8 -81.4
29 Gansu 0.1603 -77.2 8.32 -74.9
30 Qinghai 0.1015 -36.2 2.99 -40.3
31 Ningxia 0.0301 15.3 1.16 23.6

 

Reception of Oversea Tourists and Tourism Revenue Derived from Major Cities


 In 2008, a total of 37 cities in China received more than 200 thousand oversea tourists, 2 less than that in 2007. They are Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Zhuhai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin, Tianjin, Nanjing, Xiamen, Dalian, Chongqing, Huangshan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Kunming, Zhongshan, Fuzhou, Xian, Quanzhou, Wuxi, Wuhan, Sanya, Shenyang, Chengdu, Changsha, Yantai, Wenzhou, Luoyang, Harbin, Zhengzhou, Weihai, Nantong, Yanbian, Changchun, and Chengde.

 The 44 cities, 3 more than 2007, that received over 100 thousand foreign tourists which were Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Tianjin, Dalian, Guilin, Nanjing, Chongqing, Qingdao, Huangshan, Xian, Kunming, Zhuhai, Ningbo, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiamen, Sanya, Shenyang, Fuzhou, Chengdu, Yantai, Weihai, Changsha, Yanbian, Luoyang, Wenzhou, Nantong, Harbin, Changchun, Urumqi, Qinhuangdao, Chengde, Zhengzhou, Taiyuan, Datong, Zhongshan, Hefei, Jinan, Jiujiang, and Nanning.

 There were 37 cities that had earned more than 100 million US dollars from overseas tourist revenues, 1 city more than the last year. These cities were Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Suzhou, Zhuhai, Nanjing, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Dalian, Fuzhou, Qingdao, Ningbo, Chongqing, Guilin, Changsha, Xian, Wuxi, Shenyang, Nantong, Yantai, Sanya, Wuhan, Zhongshan, Huangshan, Kunming, Harbin, Wenzhou, Chengdu, Weihai, Zhengzhou, Zhangzhou, Luoyang, Changchun, and Qinhuangdao. Additionally, 12 cities had earned more than 50 million US dollars from overseas tourist revenues, including Taiyuan, Urumqi, Jinan, Hefei, Lianyungang, Yanbian, Shantou, Jiujiang, Guiyang, Datong, Chengde, and Hohhot. Among them, Shanghai’s income of foreign exchange from international tourism reached 4.972 billion US dollars, ranking the first.

Data Source: China National Tourism Administration

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