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China has second-largest tourism revenue 7 years running

By Zhu Lingqing | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-01-17 13:36
A sightseeing train carries visitors around Lujiacun village in Anji, Zhejiang province. [Photo by Fang Li/For chinadaily.com.cn]

China's tourism revenue, following that of the United States, has been the world's second largest for seven consecutive years since 2012 and is expected to keep the ranking this year, with its tourism market growing steadily in 2018, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The global tourism economy continues to grow with slight fluctuations, with tourism revenue reaching $5.34 trillion — a slower growth rate per the report, compiled by the World Tourism Cities Federation and the Tourism Research Center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

It said global total tourist arrivals, both domestic and international, grew 5 percent to 12.1 billion last year and the growth rate is expected to pick up to 5.5 percent this year.

In addition, global tourism revenue is expected to reach $5.54 trillion this year, equivalent to 6 percent of global GDP.

According to the report, the world's top 20 countries in total tourism revenue account for nearly 80 percent of the total tourism revenue in the world, with the United States, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom having occupied the top five places since 2012.

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed China's total domestic tourism revenue increased yearly from 2013 to 2017, and total domestic tourism revenue reached 4.57 trillion yuan in 2017, according to a report by Beijing Business Today.

The domestic tourism industry in China will continue to maintain an upward trend as the number of tourists increases and per-capita consumption capacity improves, the report said.

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