Chinese Tourists Were Again Top Spenders Abroad in 2013
Chinese travelers splurged the most on tax-free shopping last year, accounting for 27 percent of spending as they increased transactions by almost a third, according to Global Blue.
Russians were the second-biggest spenders with 17 percent, though they made the most transactions, while Indonesians placed third with 4 percent, Global Blue, the world’s biggest operator of tax-refund points, said in a study released today.
“The Chinese are easily the most numerous and highest- spending globe shoppers,” said Global Blue. “If the last decade is anything to go by, the amount spent will continue to increase, albeit at a slower rate than recent years.”
Total spending by Chinese tourists increased 20 percent last year after tripling between 2009 and 2012. France is their favorite destination to spend in, ahead of Germany and Singapore, while fashion is the most important category, according to the study.