Home / Tourism / 2015 /

China Inbound Tourism in 2015

By the end of 2015, China inbound tourism witnessed a steady increase in comparison with 2014. There were 133.8204 million inbound tourists, including foreigners and tourists from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. 56.8857 million stayed overnight in China, increases of 4.1% and 2.3% respectively compared with the same period in 2014. However, the number of foreign tourists has slightly decreased by 1.4%.
 

Statistics of Overseas Tourist Arrivals in 2015:

Number of Tourist Arrivals
(Unit in 1,000,000 persons )
Growth over the same period of 2014(%)
Total Tourist Arrivals 133.8204 4.1
Foreign Tourists 25.9854 -1.4
From Hong Kong 79.4481 4.4
From Macau 22.8882 10.9
From Taiwan 5.4986 2.5
 
Total Overnight Tourist Arrivals 56.8857 2.3
Foreign Tourists 20.2858 -2.5
From Hong Kong 27.0899 4.7
From Macau 4.6660 10.9
From Taiwan 4.8441 2.5
 

Statistics of Overseas Tourist Markets

 Statistics of Foreign Market
In 2015, 25.9854 million foreigners visited China, of which 20.2858 million stayed at least one night, decreases of 1.4% and 2.5% respectively compared with the same period of 2014.

At 63.96%, Asian tourists were still the largest share of foreign visitors. There was a total of 16.6200 million visitors from Asia and most of them were from South Korea. It has been reported that South Korea is now the largest tourist source country of China and vice versa. In addition, the number of Vietnamese tourists has dramatically increased by 26.4% while Russian tourists decreased by 22.7%.

The second largest share was from Europe which contributed a total of 4.8914 million visitors, accounting for 18.82% of the total. Next was the American market. With a total of 3.1153 million visitors, it occupied 11.99% of the whole market share. The fourth largest market was Oceania, with 0.7764 million tourists to China, accounting for 2.99%. Finally, there were 0.5802 million visitors from Africa, composing 2.23%.

Most visitors, a total of 8.2488 million or 31.74%, came to China for sightseeing/leisure activities. Those who came to attend meetings or conduct businesses made up the second largest group, totaling 5.3766 million and accounting for 20.69%.

Analyzed by age, the majority of tourists were between 25 and 44, with a total of 11.8425 million or 45.57%. The second largest group was tourists aged 45 to 64 who totaled 9.4976 million and accounted for 36.55%.
 
Top 17 tourism source countries
Order Country Number of Tourist Arrivals
(Unit in 10,000 persons )
Growth over the same period of 2014(%)
1 South Korea 444.44 6.3
2 Japan 249.77 -8.1
3 Vietnam 216.08 26.4
4 United States 208.58 -0.4
5 Russia 158.23 -22.7
6 Malaysia 107.55 -4.8
7 Mongolia 101.41 -6.3
8 Philippines 100.40 3.7
9 Singapore 90.53 -6.8
10 India 73.05 2.9
11 Canada 67.98 1.9
12 Thailand 64.15 4.6
13 Australia 63.73 -5.2
14 Germany 62.34 -5.9
15 United Kingdom 57.96 -4.1
16 Indonesia 54.48 -3.9
17 France 48.69 -5.8

 Statistics of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Market
In 2015, 79.4481 million residents of Hong Kong traveled to the mainland, an increase of 4.4% compared with the same period of 2014, and 27.0899 million of them stayed overnight, an increase of 4.7%. However, most of them just traveled frequently to the neighboring Shenzhen on the mainland without staying overnight.

Throughout 2015, 22.8882 million people from Macau visited the mainland, an increase of 10.9%. Among Macau visitors, 4.6660 million stayed for at least one night on the mainland, also a 10.9% increase. Based on the data, it can be seen that more Macau tourists visited the mainland this year, bringing a considerable tourism income share. Macau is neighboring Zhuhai on the mainland and not far from Guangzhou and Shenzhen, so Macau people also goes to mainland more frequently than overseas dwellers.

Also in the same period, there were 5.4986 million visitors from Taiwan and 4.8441 million of them stayed overnight, increases of 2.5% for both.

Data Source: China National Tourism Administration

 See China Intbound Tourism by Year: 2017 2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007

media recommendationfeatured on media