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China Inbound Tourism in 2013

Due to the sluggish world economy, rising exchange rate of CNY, inflation, et cetera, China’s inbound tourism did not do as well in 2013. Total inbound tourists were 129.0778 million, decreased by 2.51% compared with 2012. However, the total inbound revenue still reached 51.664 billion USD, increased by 3.27% over previous year.

 Statistics of Oversea Tourist Arrivals

2013 (million) 2012 (million) Growth (%)
Total Tourist Arrivals 129.0778 132.4053 -2.51
Foreign Tourists 26.2903 27.1916 -3.31
From Hong Kong 76.8846 78.7130 -2.32
From Macau 20.7403 21.1606 -1.99
From Taiwan Province 5.1625 5.3402 -3.33

Total that stayed overnight 55.6859 57.7249 -3.53
Foreign Tourists 20.8071 21.9487 -5.20
From Hong Kong 26.0759 26.7100 -2.37
From Macau 4.2297 4.3157 -1.99
From Taiwan Province 4.5732 4.7504 -3.73

International Tourism Receipts 51.664 billion USD 50.028 billion USD 3.27


Statistics of Overseas Tourist Markets
Statistics of Foreign Market
In 2013, the foreign market of China inbound tourism shrank. The total number of inbound foreign tourists was 26.2903 million, decreased by -3.31% compared with 2012. Among all the foreign visitors, 20.8071 million stayed overnight, decreased by 5.20% compared with 2012. However, the total revenue from foreign market grew by 5.93%, reaching 31.980 billion USD. 

The Asian market was still the largest among all overseas markets, bringing 16.0883 million travelers and taking up to 61.19%. Among Asian countries, South Korea was China’s largest inbound tourist source. 

The second largest foreign market was Europe, accounting for 21.53% with total tourist visits of 5.66 million. Following was the American market, 3.1238 million, making up 11.88% of the whole foreign market. Next was the Oceanian market, constituting 3.28% with 0.8634 million tourists. The last was the African market, whose tourist number was 0.5527 million, accounting for 2.10%. 

By analyzing the traveling purpose, those who came to China for sightseeing/leisure still took the majority, making up 38.50% with 10.1230 million tourists. Those that came for meetings/business were the second largest group, reaching 6.1940 and accounting for 23.56%.

Top 18 tourism source countries
Order Country Number of Tourist Arrivals
(Unit in 10,000 persons )
Growth(%)
01 South Korea 396.90 -2.48
02 Japan 287.75 -18.21
03 Russia 218.63 -9.89
04 United States 208.53 -1.55
05 Vietnam 136.54 20.07
06 Malaysia 120.65 -2.34
07 Mongolia 105.00 3.91
08 Philippines 99.67 3.61
09 Singapore 96.66 -5.95
10 Australia 72.31 -6.62
11 Canada 68.42 -3.40
12 India 67.67 10.90
13 Thailand 65.17 0.63
14 Germany 64.93 -1.57
15 United Kingdom 62.50 1.07
16 Indonesia 60.53 -2.68
17 France 53.35 1.66
18 Kazakhstan 39.35 -19.91

 Statistics of Market of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
In 2013, the Hong Kong market was not brisk. The visitors to mainland were 76.8846 million, decreased by 2.32% compared with 2012. However, Hong Kong was still China’s largest inbound tourist source region. Among all Hong Kong visitors, 26.0759 stayed overnight, dropping by 2.37%. The total revenue of the Hong Kong market in 2013 was 10.449 billion USD, decreased by 4.22%. 

Macau visitors totaled 20.7403 million in 2013, decreased by 1.99% compared with 2012. Among them, 4.2297 stayed overnight, also 1.99% less than the previous year. Revenue of the Macau market was 2.980 billion USD, increased by 6.93 over last year. 

Taiwan visitors accounted for 5.1625 million in 2013, decreasing by 3.33%. 4.5732 million Taiwanese stayed overnight, dropping 3.73%. The revenue from Taiwan was 6.256 billion USD, increased by 1.80%.

Data Source: China National Tourism Administration

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