2018 China Tourism Facts & Figures

Predicted 2018 China Tourism Statistics

Expected goal in 2018 Increasing Rate over 2017
Inbound Tourism142 million trips1.4%
Inbound tourism revenueUD 127.3 billion 2.5%
Outbound tourism134 million trips4.5%
Domestic tourism5.5 billion trips10.8%
Domestic tourism revenue CNY 5.05 trillion 13%
Total Revenue CNY 5.98 trillion13%

China Tourism Statistics in the First Half of 2018

In the first half of this year, China domestic tourism reached 2.826 billion trips and USD 245 billion, up 11.4% and 12.5% respectively over 2016; inbound tourism has 69.23 million trips, which is flat with the same period of last year. Besides, the number of outbound tourism has reached 71.31 million trips, up 15% over 2017, while earlier information released by the National Immigration Administration showed that in the first half of 2018, residents from mainland China applied for 164.16 million passports for private purposes, with growth by 21% over the previous year.  

China Tourism Statistics during Spring Festival in 2018

During the Chinese New Year in 2018, Anti-season travel is a popular theme for outbound tourism, and the preferred destinations for Chinese tourists remain mainly in warm Southeast Asia. Vacations on islands become more and more popular among Chinese tourists, especially family groups.More and more Chinese tourists prefer to piece together the holiday, weekend and annual leave to make the short holiday a long one. The average days spent overseas during 2018 Spring Festival is 8.5, with 57% of Chinese tourists choosing 6-9 days. Among them, Chinese visitors to some closer destinations such as Japan and Thailand spent an average of 7.8 days. For Chinese tourists who choose destinations such as Australia, Europe and the United States, the number of days spent on the trip is relatively long, averaging 12.6 days. Spring Festival travel is also the best time to reward parents and children.

Top 10 Outbound Travel Destinations during 2018 Chinese New Year

Top 10 Outbound Travel Destinations during 2018 Chinese New Year
DestinationsTaken up (%)
1. Thailand 23
2. Japan 11
3. Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan13
4. Singapore10
5. Vietnam7
6. Europe  6
7. Malaysia5
8. Australia 4
9. America 3
10. South Korea 2

Top 5 Island Destinations

1. Bali, Indonesia
2. Phuket, Tailand
3. Nha Trang, Vietnam
4. Boracay Island, Philippines
5. Sabah, Malaysia

Travel Partners during 2018 Chinese New Year Trips

PartnersRate (%)
Wife/ Husband or Lover 23
Colleagues or friends 18
Parents  15
Travel alone10

China tourism statistics during Dragon Boat Festival in 2018

According to Ministry of Culture and Tourism of People’s Republic of China, a total of 89.1 million trips are made in three-day Dragon Boat Festival of 2018, up 7.9% year on year. The domestic tourism revenue reaches CNY36.2 billion, a rise of 7.3% over the same period of last year. Family travel is still the main force of a short-distance trip. 
 During the Dragon Boat Festival, some theme parks and scenic spots known as summer resorts are most popular with tourists. The cities along One Belt And One Road become hot destinations for domestic travel in the Dragon Boat Festival this year. In addition, Japan, Thailand and some leisure islands are the most popular overseas destinations. 
 Top 10 domestic tourist destinations in the Dragon Boat Festival this year are Sanya, Xining, Beijing, Kunming, Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Zhangye, Chengde, Xiamen and Guilin. In terms of source tourists, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, Changzhou, Tianjin and Ningbo are the top 10 tourism-generating regions.
 About traveling days, 4-6 days trip is the most popular, accounted for 70.69%. Travel days up to 7 days take up to 18.28%.

Data Source: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of People’s Republic of China

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