Wednesday, April 13, 2011

China is the New World 3rd Most Popular Tourist Spot

At a press conference held in Beijing at the weekend, the National Tourism Administration of China announced 55.66 million visits by international visitors staying at least one night over 2010, a year-on-year rise of 9.4 percent. China's tourism bosses are sitting pretty this week after hearing that their country has now overtaken Spain as the third most-popular destination in the world.
That puts China in the world's top three destinations for the first time as it trailed in behind France (78.95 million) and the United States (60.88 million) for the year. Spain tallied 52.2 million. China's outbound travelers numbered 57.39 million for 2010, up 20.4 percent, according to the latest figures from the United Nation's World Travel Organization. The majority of China's visitors come from "Greater China" -- namely Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

The WTO has predicted China will take over as the world's favorite destination by 2015.
Where they come from* ...
1. South Korea: 4.08 million trips
2. Japan: 3.73
3. Russia: 2.37
4. United States: 2.01
5. Malaysia: 1.24
6. Singapore: 1.0
7. The Philippines: 0.83
8. Mongolia: 0.79
9. Canada: 0.69
10. Australia: 0.66

Where they go...
1. Guangdong: 7.33 million trips
2. Shanghai: 5.93
3. Jiangshu: 4.74
4. Zhejiang: 4.47
5. Beijing 4.22
6. Liaoning 3.07
7. Shandong 2.78
8. Yunnan: 2.31
9. Heilongjiang: 1.65
10. Shaanxi: 1.55
* Not including visitors from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

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