Chinese Tourist Spending Hit Record Last Year Amid Income Gains

  by Bloomberg News Chinese tourists spent a record $164.8 billion overseas last year — a 28 percent increase over 2013 — as disposable income rose and more people ventured abroad. Travelers from China spent $113.6 billion more overseas than foreign tourists spent while visiting the country, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange. [...]

Asia’s largest cruise ship docks in Shanghai

Asia’s largest cruise ship arrived on June 19 at Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal for the first time to launch its summer cruise itineraries in China. The ship, the Voyager of the Seas, is operated by Royal Caribbean International. “China’s cruise market is young and vibrant. Royal Caribbean International is optimistic about the development of [...]

Cruise Tourism, a New Fashion of Leisure life in China

The “Annual Report of China Outbound Tourism Development 2012” published in April says that the leisure tourism market in China is increasing steadily. 37.6% of Chinese tourists travel for leisure, an increase of 4 percentage points from last year. According to the data from China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association, the number of cruise ships [...]

China to be biggest source of outbound tourists

BEIJING – China is widely anticipated to overtake Germany and United States to become the world’s biggest source of outbound travelers by the end of this year, an industry insider said Thursday. The remarkable achievement is well ahead of predictions, Matt Thompson, project director for the China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market, said at a [...]

US plan spurs spike in visas for Chinese

New policy to facilitate processing may boost American economy The United States, hoping to rev up its economy through greater travel from China, is on the way to meeting President Barack Obama’s 2012 goal of a 40 percent boost in the processing of visas from the country. US consular officials in China issued more than [...]

Auckland targets high-spending Chinese tourists

WELLINGTON – New Zealand’s biggest city of Auckland on Thursday announced a new marketing plan aimed at wealthy Chinese visitors. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), an arm of the city council, and Auckland Airport said they had agreed on a “very focused strategy” that targeted “high yielding business and first-class passengers and selling [...]