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2.18m Chinese tourists spent a total of $23.7b in US in 2014

06/04/2015| 7:13:15 AM| 中文

More than 2.18 million Chinese people visited the US and spent $23.77 billion on aggregated total travel and tourism expenses in 2014.

More than 2.18 million Chinese people visited the US and spent $23.77 billion on aggregated total travel and tourism expenses  in 2014, according to a report released by the US National Travel and Tourism Office.

The total number of Chinese visitors to the US in 2014 increased by 21 percent compared with 2013 and they spent $2.6 billion more than in the previous year, almost five times what they spent in 2007.

Going for a vacation was the main reason for the visits, with purposes ranging from visiting friends and relatives and business matters also common.

Trips taken for educational purposes saw a negative growth of 0.7 percent compared to 2013.

The top three activities participated in by Chinese visitors in the US were shopping, sightseeing and experiencing fine dining.

Chinese travelers showed a growing interest in visiting small towns and the countryside and in activities such as water sports, while activities such as visiting historical locations, taking guided tours, visiting cultural or ethnic heritage sites and gambling have become less popular.

Chinese tourists have proven to be valuable to the US economy, only spending $3.4 billion less in the country than Canadian visitors despite 10 times more Canadians visiting the US in 2014 than Chinese.

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