Chinese demand for U.S. tourist visas ‘nowhere near’ pre-pandemic levels
05/06/2024|1:03:16 PM|Skift

Chinese tourists aren’t rushing to get a U.S. visitor visa as they did before the pandemic, according to a State Department official speaking Saturday at IPW, a travel trade conference focused on international inbound travel.

Chinese tourism to the U.S. is below 60% of its pre-pandemic level, said Alex Lasry, deputy assistant secretary for travel and tourism at the International Trade Administration.

Before the pandemic, China was the U.S.’s top tourism market in terms of spend. Chinese tourists spent over $30 billion in 2019, said Brand USA CEO and President Chris Thompson in an interview last year with Skift.

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