China Tourism:  Strong Growth in May 2004

All the indicators of China’s inbound tourism maintained the sturdy growth in May 2004. US$ 1.85 billion tourism receipts had been generated, up163.54% compared with May 2003, up 8.9% compared with May 2002.

A)      Inbound Tourist Arrivals

In May 2004, the total number of overseas arrivals to China was 8,774,700, a 61.42% increase over May 2003, and an 11.37% increase over May 2002.

From January to May, the total number of overseas arrivals to China was 42,493,800, a 21.95%% increase over the corresponding period of 2003, and a 9.32% increase over the corresponding period of 2002.

 

B)      Inbound Overnight Tourist Arrivals

In May 2004, the total number of inbound overnight tourists to China was 3,331,700, increased by 102.52% compared with May 2003, and up 10.75% compared with May 2002.

From January to May, the total number of inbound overnight tourists to China was 15,973,400, increased by 30.09% compared with the same period of 2003, and up 9.81% compared with same period of 2002.

 

C)      Major Inbound Tourism Markets

(1) Compared with May 2003, the inbound foreign arrivals in May 2004 from each continent had increased significantly altogether. When compared with May 2002, the increase had shown a two-digit growth.

(2) Compared with the corresponding periods of 2003 and 2002 respectively, from January to May this year, the inbound foreign arrivals remained a two-digit growth too.

(3) Take the 16 major tourist generating markets as the indicators, more than 10 of them had made a two-digit growth compared with the corresponding periods of 2002.

(4) From January to May, Canadian arrivals to China totaled 1,274,847, increased 12.39% over the same period of 2002.

The arrivals from the top tourist generating markets to China are shown in the following table.

International Tourism Receipts

Total US$ 1.85 billion tourism receipts had been generated in May 2004, increased by 163.54% compared with May 2003, and increased by 8.91% compared with May 2002. Among them, overnight tourists spent US$ 1,689 million, represented the majority of 91.31% of the total receipts generated; while same-day visitors spent US$ 161 million, represented 8.69%.

From January to May 2004, total US$ 8.72 billion tourism receipts had been generated, increased by 36.67% compared with corresponding period of 2003, and increased by 9.49% compared with corresponding period of 2002. Among them, overnight tourists spent US$ 7,935 million while same-day visitors spent US$ 784 million; represented 91.01 % and 8.99% of total receipts respectively.

 
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