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China Inbound Tourism in 2014

As a whole, China inbound tourism slipped slightly in 2014 compared with 2013. There were 128.4983 million overseas tourists, of which 55.622 million stayed overnight in China, decreased by 0.45% and 0.11% respectively compared with 2013. The total foreign exchange income was USD 56.913 billion.
 

Statistics of Overseas Tourist Arrivals in 2014

2014 (million) 2013 (million) Growth (%)
Total Tourist Arrivals 128.4983 129.0778 -0.45
Foreign Tourists 26.3608 26.2903 0.27
From Hong Kong 76.1317 76.8846 -0.98
From Macau 20.6399 20.7403 -0.48
From Taiwan Province 5.3659 5.1625 3.94

Total that stayed overnight 55.622 55.6859 -0.11
Foreign Tourists 20.8127 20.8071 0.03
From Hong Kong 25.8745 26.0759 -0.77
From Macau 4.2075 4.2297 -0.52
From Taiwan Province 4.7274 4.5732 3.37

International Tourism Receipts 56.913 billion USD 51.664 billion USD 10.16
 

Statistics of Overseas Visitors By Geographic Area

 Statistics of Foreign Visitors
In 2014, 26.3608 million foreigners visited China of which 20.8127 million stayed at least one night, increases of 0.27% and 0.03% respectively compared with 2013. The revenue from foreign tourists, also up 9.84%, totaled USD 35.126 billion.

Asian visitors still composed the largest share of foreign tourists. There were 16.3615 million visitors from Asia comprising 62.07% of the total. South Korea still sent the most tourists to China, 4.1817 million.

The next largest share was from Europe which had a total of 5.4841 million visitors, accounting for 20.8% of the total. Next was the American market, making up 11.78% with a total of 3.1065 million visitors. The fourth largest was the Oceanian market with 0.8101 million, constituting 3.07%. Finally, there were 0.5969 million visitors from Africa, accounting for 2.26%.

Analyzed from the perspective of traveling purpose, most visitors, 8.9299 million or 33.88% came to China for sightseeing/leisure. The second largest group was those who came for meeting/business, totaling 5.3957 million and accounting for 20.47%. Analyzed by age, the majority, 45.91% or 12.1024 million individuals, were ages 25-44; followed by those aged 45-64, who totaled 9.61 million and accounted for 36.46%.
 
Top 18 tourism source countries
Order Country Number of Tourist Arrivals
(Unit in 10,000 persons )
Growth over the same period of 2013(%)
01 South Korea 418.17 5.4
02 Japan 271.76 -5.6
03 United States 209.32 0.4
04 Russia 204.58 -6.4
05 Vietnam 170.94 25.2
06 Malaysia 112.96 -6.4
07 Mongolia 108.27 3.1
08 Singapore 97.14 0.5
09 Philippines 96.79 -2.9
10 India 70.99 4.9
11 Australia 67.21 -7.1
12 Canada 66.71 -2.5
13 Germany 66.26 2.1
14 Thailand 61.31 -5.9
15 United Kingdom 60.47 -3.2
16 Indonesia 56.69 -6.4
17 France 51.70 -3.1
18 Kazakhstan 34.36 -12.7
 
 Statistics of  Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Market
In 2014, 76.1317 million residents of Hong Kong traveled to the mainland, a reduction of 0.98% compared with 2013, and 25.8745 million of them stayed overnight, a decrease of 0.77%. The revenue from Hong Kong tourists in 2014 was USD 11.523 billion, 10.28% more than in 2013. Although decreased a little, Hong Kong remained China’s largest source of tourists.

20.6399 million people from Macau visited the mainland spending USD 3.344 billion, decrease of 0.48% and increase of 12.24% respectively. Among Macau visitors, 4.2075 million stayed at least one night on the mainland, a 0.52% decrease.

There were 5.3659 million visitors from Taiwan and 4.7274 million of them stayed overnight, increases of 3.94% and 3.37% respectively. They spent USD 6.920 billion, an increase of 10.62%.

Data Source: China National Tourism Administration

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