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US businesses get a taste of Chinese culture as tourism booms

09/28/2017| 9:26:11 AM|

In the US capital, businesses including hotels, restaurants, museums and tour operators are all feeling the boom in Chinese tourism industry and taking a crash course on Chinese culture.

Across the service sector in the US capital, businesses including hotels, restaurants, museums and tour operators are all feeling the boom in Chinese tourism industry, and many are taking a crash course on Chinese culture as they seek to tailor their services to meet the needs of Chinese visitors.

The tea, the congee and the Chinese menus are just some of the features the hotel has added to please Chinese visitors, which jumped a "astronomical" 59 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to Bernand, the general manager of Four Seasons Hotel, told Xinhua.

Destination DC, an organization that promotes tourism in the US capital, said that incoming Chinese tourists began to grow in double digits since three years ago and surpassed Britain as the city's number one market.

"We are at about 304,000 visitors from China that come over to Washington and of course that number is continuing to grow year over year," said Theresa Belpulsi, the group's vice president of tourism and visitor services.

Washington D.C., with its landmark buildings and wide-ranging sights of interest, attracts around 2 million foreign visitors each year, of which those from China make up about 15 percent.

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