Travel Professionals Estimate Upwards Of 50 Million Chinese To Travel Abroad In 2009
The vast potential of the Chinese tourism industry is not a new subject. Over the past several years, as the number of Mainland tourists heading abroad has increased, and procuring visas has become incrementally easier, hotels, airlines, travel operators and restaurants have worked to accomodate the expectations and needs of this rapidly-growing customer segment. Much like in the 1980s, when the exploding number of Japanese and Korean tourists gave many hotels in North America and Europe the impetus to include tea and slippers in their rooms, the growing wave of Mainland Chinese tourists will undoubtedly reshape the industry in noticeable ways.
The New York Times discussed the potential windfall these tourists could bring to the New York economy last spring, writing that Chinese tourists — most of whom have never left their country before — tend to spend freely and are relatively easy to please, since the majority still come to America on all-inclusive tour packages.