‘They Like Shopping, Theme Parks and, of Course, Eating’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  11.04.10 | 1:01 PM ET

That’s according to a tourism real estate investor keen to anticipate the needs of a growing wave of Chinese tourists. The Independent reports on the ways some tourism operators are preparing for that wave—here are the numbers motivating the effort:

Travelling Chinese spent US$43.7 billion (31 billion euro) on tourism in 2009 - a rise of 21 per cent year on year. And the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation says it is only a matter of time before they spend more than visitors from the traditional international travel leaders Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Outbound trips by Chinese are meanwhile expected to jump from an estimated 52 million this year to 100 million in 2020.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

1 Comment for ‘They Like Shopping, Theme Parks and, of Course, Eating’

Em Hutto 11.05.10 | 4:56 AM ET

I’m curious to know what places in the world these billions of shopping, thrill-seeking eaters are traveling to?

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