The overall market for Chinese outbound tourism has maintained an upward trend, with its effect on world tourism becoming ever more clear, according to a new survey.
The survey has been conducted by the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a Beijing-based think tank, and leading Chinese travel agency, Ctrip.
Total consumption by Chinese outbound tourists represents close to 21% of global tourist spending, according a report by the UN World Tourism Organization.
In 2015, the number of outbound Chinese tourists reached 128 million, up 9.4% from 2014, and up close to 313% compared to 2005.
In the next 5 years, the number of outbound Chinese tourists is expected to hit 700 million, according to projections put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos in January 2017.
Stats from the latest survey show Chinese tourists spent 893 US dollars each in 2015, around half of which went toward shopping.
The same study has found the destinations Chinese tourists are travelling to are becoming more diversified.
However, analysis shows a majority of outbound Chinese tourism is still focused in Asia, with Japan, South Korea and Thailand the most popular destinations.
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