NTA China Inbound Program Fact Sheet
Through NTA, the U.S. Welcomes Group Leisure Chinese Travelers
The United States and China have signed an agreement to facilitate Chinese group leisure travel to the United States. This agreement provides the necessary framework to permit group leisure travel from China to the United States.
Chinese regulations restrict companies from organizing and marketing package tours for leisure purposes to countries that do not have agreements in place, often referred to as Approved Destination Status agreements (ADS). This Memorandum of Understanding fulfills this purpose without changing existing laws or policies of the United States, including the issuance of visas.
China Travel Facts and Figures:
- Reported by the China Tourism Academy, more than 57 million Chinese tourists are expected to travel abroad in 2011, spending a staggering US$55 billion (S$71 billion).This travel boom will send 3 million more Chinese travellers abroad in 2011 than last year, with a larger amount of outbound tourist spending.
- China outbound tourism will display the symptom of a bull market with the expected 53 million outbound travelers and the growth rate of over 11% in 2010.
- While the number of Chinese taking business trips fell 4.7% to 5.45 million, the number of outbound travelers for private purposes rose 5.2% to 42.21 million.
- Chinese travelers' tastes are slowly evolving to incorporate more than the most popular destinations, like New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Other destinations that have seen surprising increasing interest from Chinese travelers include Yellowstone National Park and Cincinnati. Read the article.
For more facts, download the China Outbound Tourism Yearbook 2011 (English version.) The Yearbook is compiled by China Association of Travel Services (CATS) and Ivy Alliance Tourism Co. Ltd, supported by PATA, was published July, 2011.