China will beat France and become the leader in the tourist industry, a new report suggests
Wouter Geerts, consultant at Euromonitor and author of the report, said at the World Travel Market in London this week that tourism has become one of the key pillars of the Chinese economy.
According to the report, the increase in visitors to China reflects the economic growth and higher incomes in Asian countries. Greets said that around 80 per cent of tourists visiting China were coming from within the continent.
Access to the country has been improving as well. Asian tourists are granted visas more easily than before. The country also supports the influx of tourism by various measures. According to Greets: “Much investment has been made to improve infrastructure and standards, in addition to tourism-friendly policies and initiatives.”
“Looking beyond Brexit, destinations like China are poised for a successful performance in inbound tourism, with China set to overtake France as the leading destination worldwide by 2030” says our Head of Travel @CarolineBremner at @WTM_London #WTMLDN https://t.co/EcHwwLZL11
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However, for travellers from the US or the UK, the visa processes remain more difficult and more costly. A single-entry Chinese visa for a UK citizen currently costs $198 (£151).
Not only will China welcome the biggest inbound travel market, but Euromonitor also predicts that the country will have the largest number of outbound travellers, overtaking the US and Germany. By 2030, China expects 260 million Chinese to travel abroad.