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Highest number of tourists from China, biggest spenders also from China: Report

Published on Jan 9, 2014 11:42 AM
Chinese tourists posing for photographs in front of a gigantic 7.4m great white shark replica in Sydney Harbour on November 26, 2013.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

BEIJING (AFP) - Nearly 100 million Chinese tourists visited foreign countries last year, and they are likely to extend their lead as the world's biggest-spending travellers, state media reported on Thursday.

A total of 97 million Chinese tourists left the country in 2013, up 14 million from the previous year, the state-run China Daily reported, citing official data from China's National Tourism Administration.

The figures underline the rapid rise in the numbers of Chinese travelling abroad, who numbered just 29 million in 2004.

Chinese travellers spent US$102 billion (S$130 billion) overseas in 2012, making them the world's biggest spenders ahead of Germans and US tourists, and are almost certain to have surpassed that record last year, the report said, citing researcher Song Rui.

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