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China plans to boost tourism with the US


10-29-2014 17:12 BJT

China and US are planning to strengthen tourism ties. China's Director of National Tourism Administration Shao Qiwei proposed to increase direct flights, and speed up visa applications.

A dialogue between China US's state and provincial tourism bureaus is underway in Xiamen, a picturesque coastal city in South China's Fu Jian Province.

Chief of Chinas National Tourism Administration called on both sides to improve tourism infrastructure and services.

That could be welcome news for tourists between the two countries, which hit over 4 million last year and is growing by an annual 8% on average.

"According to data from the US department of commerce, a Chinese tourist spends an average of 5,414 US dollars in 2013," Shao said. "Chinese tourists spent a total of 9.8 billion US dollars. This accounted for one third of US service exports to China. US tourists spend an average of 3,036 US dollars, bringing a total of 6.3 billion US dollars in 2013. "

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, every 65 tourists would add one job in the US. Therefore Chinese tourists have helped created over 340 thousand positions in the past eight years.

Big constraints to growth of tourism between China and the US include flight distance and visa procedures. If government bodies could improve on these fronts, as promised at the forum, that could mean a large jump for travellers between the two countries.

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