2017 China Tourism Facts & Figures

Predicted Number in 2017 Increasing Rate
Inbound Tourism 143 million trips  3.5%
Outbound Tourism 127 million trips  4.0%
International Tourism Revenue  USD 126 billion  5.0%
Domestic Tourism 4.88 billion trips 10%
Domestic Tourism Revenue  CNY 4,390 billion  12.5%

Top inbound tourism destinations in 2017:

Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guilin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Sanya

Top outbound tourism destinations in 2017:

Thailand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, United States, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Australia

The inbound tourism may have a substantial growth in 2017.

The inbound tours reached 69.50 million in the first half of 2017 at a rise of around 1% over the same period of last year. It is predicted that the inbound tourism may keep growing in later half of the year. There are several reasons for this: the more and more convenient visa policies, the activities in the tourism year and the attraction of “One Belt One Road”. Besides, China is a safe county with diverse scenic areas, special culture and delicious foods.

China outbound tourism ranked the first in the first half of 2017.

According to the statistics of China National Tourism Administration, 62.03 million outbound trips were made in the first half of 2017, which reached an increase of 5% compared with the same period in 2016 and ranked the first among all countries in the world. It is predicated that the outbound tourism number will keep increasing and the consumption of the outbound tourism will keep going up on the base of USD 109.8 billion of last year in 2017.

One important reason for the growth is that the outbound tourism destinations included in Chinese passport have a great growth, which is currently up to 153 countries/regions. Among them, 65 countries/regions have provided the convenient visa policies to the Chinese tourists by July 11th. 2017.

Notably, the Chinese outbound tourism market still has a great potential, since there are still 90% Chinese citizens who have not apply for the passports for outbound tours.

More Chinese are willing to travel this year.

According to a latest survey, 98% Chinese citizens are willing to go out for trips in 2017. 43.2 % of them are willing to take an adventure and explore the natural scenery and cultural customs, 34.2% tourists want to have a relax and reduce the pressure during the trips, 16.4% tourists would like to develop good relationships with friends, lovers or families by traveling, 2.6% tourists hope to experience better services like medical care and educational resources, while the rest 3.7% take trips for other reasons.

Chinese tourists spend less in shopping while traveling.

From January to April in 2017, the Chinese tourists made the consumption of CNY 27.79 billion in the outbound tourism market and CNY 138 billion in the domestic tourism market, which decreased by 37.2% and 41.5% compared with the same period of last year. As the statistics showed, the Chinese tourists’ expenditure on shopping decreased a lot, but their consumption on cultural and physical entertainment increased significantly from January to April, which reached an increase of 83.6% and 334% in outbound and domestic tourism market respectively.

The female is still the mainstream of shopping, while male spend more per order.

Referring to the domestic tourism shopping market, the female tourists still occupied a huge group, making up 61.7% of the total from January to April in 2017. However, the female just composed of a larger number than the male, the cost per order of the female was less than half of the male. In the outbound tourism shopping market, female was up to 80.7% from January to April. However, the average consumption of the female was only CNY 4,780/person, while the male reached CNY 5,200/person.

China Tourism Statistics during Chinese New Year in 2017

There were about 344 millions trips received in China, which reached an increase of 13.8% over the same period of 2016. It realized the total revenue of CNY 423.3 billion, showing a rise of 15.9%. More than 6.15 million tourists made outbound tours during the Spring Festival, which was 7% over the same period in 2016. There were 0.374 million tourists taking the package tour at a rise of 2.5%. According to the statistics, 0.697 million tourists visited Hong Kong with an increase of 3.7% and 0.533 million tourists headed for Macau in the growth of 8.5% in this period.

Data Source: China National Tourism Administration

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