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China Inbound Tourism in 2017

Increased by 0.8% over 2016

According to reports from Ministry of Culture and Tourism of People’s Republic of China, China inbound tourism trips have reached 139.48 million in 2017, a rise of around 0.8% over last year. The inbound trips by foreign tourists grew by 3.6% year on year. The overall inbound tourists staying overnight in China increased by 2.5% in the whole year. 

Foreign exchange revenue was USD123.417 billion in total, with a 2.9% year-on-year growth. Foreign tourists spent about USD 69.547 billion in China, increased by 4.1 % over 2016. China's inbound tourism as a whole continues to run at a relatively steady speed.

There are several reasons for this: more convenient visa policies, various cultural activities between China and foreign countries and the promotion of the “One Belt One Road” program. Besides, China is a safe country with diverse scenic areas, unique culture, long history and delicious foods which are attracting to tourists. 
 

2017 China Inbound Tourism Statistics

Sources Number of Trips
(Unit in 1,000,000 Trips)
Growth over 2016(%)
Total Inbound Trips   139.48 0.8
Foreign Visitors 29.17 3.6
Hong Kong Visitors 79.80 -1.6
Macau Visitors 24.65 4.9
Taiwan Visitors 58.7 2.5
 
Sources Number of Trips
(Unit in 1,000,000 Trips )
Growth over 2016(%)
Total Inbound Overnight Trips 60.74 2.5 
Foreign Visitors 22.48 3.8
Hong Kong Visitors 27.75 0.1
Macau Visitors 52.2 8.6
Taiwan Visitors 52.9 4.0
 
Sources Inbound Tourism Revenue
(Unit in 1,000,000, 000 dollars )
Growth over 2016(%)
Total Inbound Tourism Revenue 1,234 2.9
Foreign Visitors 695 4.1
Hong Kong Visitors 301 -1.5
Macau Visitors 83 8.0
Taiwan Visitors 156 4.0
 

Top China Inbound Tourism Destinations in 2017

1. Beijing 2. Shanghai 3. Guangzhou 4. Xi'an 5. Chengdu
6. Chongqing 7. Guilin 8. Kunming 9. Shenyang
 

Top Source Countries for 2017 China Inbound Tourism 

Countries Rate taken up (%)
1. Burma 22.5
2. Vietnam 15.2
3. South Korea 9
4. Japan 6.2
5. Russia 5.5
6. America 5.4
7. Mongolia 4.3
8. Malaysia 2.9
9. Philippines 2.7
10. Singapore 2.2
11. India 1.9
12. Canada 1.9
13. Thailand 1.8
14. Australia 1.7
15. Indonesia 1.6
16. Germany 1.5
17. Britain 1.4
 

A Brief Analysis of China’s Inbound Tourists in 2017

Asians still account for the majority. Inbound trips from the countries included in the One Belt and One Road program increased significantly. Majority of visitors are sightseers, making up 37.1%. Business travel comes second, taking up 13.3%. The chart below shows the detailed statistics, based on four categories: Tourist Source, Age, Gender and Purpose.
Categories Division Unit in %
Tourist Source
Asia
74.6
America 8.2
Europe 13.7
Oceania 2.1
Africa 1.5

Age
Under 14
3.1
15 - 24 13.2
25 - 44 49.9
45 - 64 29.2
Over 65 4.5

Gender
Male
60.7
Female 39.3
 
Purpose
Meeting/Business 13.3
Sightseeing and leisure 37.1
Visiting relatives and friends 2.6
Working staff 14.8
Others 32.3
 

Prediction to 2018 China Inbound Tourism

In 2018, it is expected that China inbound tourism trips will reach up to 142 million and the total revenue will be USD 127.3 billion, grew by 1.4% and 2.5% respectively over 2017.

Data source: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of People's Republic of China
 
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- Last modified on May. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Let Me Say aboutChina Inbound Tourism in 2017
Asked by Christophe SANTER from TAIWAN | Mar. 04, 2019 18:26Reply
how many french tourists in china in 2017?
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Answered by Lily from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 05, 2019 17:22
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Sorry but no specific data can be found.
Asked by John from USA | Nov. 14, 2018 06:41Reply
Hainan International Inbound Statistics
Where can I find a range of source, purpose, expenditure and demographic statistics on international visitors to Hainan for 2013-2017 per major source country? Thank you for your assistance.
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Answered by Jason from DENMARK | Nov. 18, 2018 17:57
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Sorry, I cannot find the accurate statistics. You may have a try in Hainan Official Tourism Information Website.
Asked by Tia from INDONESIA | Nov. 04, 2018 22:43Reply
How many foreign inbound tourists to Beijing for 2017?
how many indonesian tourists visited china in 2017?
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Answered by Janny from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 05, 2018 17:47
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Hi, the total foreign inbound tourists to Beijing in 2017 was 3,926,000 but I'm not very clear about the number of the Indonesian tourists visited China in 2017.
Asked by Cody Rockwell from UNITED STATES | Nov. 04, 2018 08:01Reply
Do you have specific numbers on the foreign inbound tourists to Beijing for 2017?
.I.E. How many foreigners visited Beijing for tourism purposes in 2017 and what specific countries were they from?
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Answered by Jenny from CANADA | Nov. 04, 2018 17:30
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I didn't find the date in 2017. However, in the first half year of 2018, the number is about 1,930,000.
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