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Outbound Chinese tourists will double to 200 million annually by 2020 as income rises and other nations relax visa requirements to compete for spending, CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets said.
Thailand, Taiwan and South Korea may become the top destinations in the next three years, Aaron Fischer, the Hong Kong-based head of consumer and gaming research at CLSA, said in a briefing today. About 100 million Chinese tourists went overseas in 2013, the brokerage said.
The nation’s swelling middle class is spurring a boom in overseas travel, with cities competing to lure visitors. Chinese tourists spent $102 billion in 2012 and overseas spending last year probably reached a record, China Daily reported this month, citing the China National Tourism Administration.
“Chinese tourists are becoming increasingly savvy, independent, and demand higher quality experiences,” Fischer said. “There’ll be a multiplier effect on the hotel and gaming industry.”
The number of provinces in China with per-capita Gross Domestic Product exceeding $8,000 will jump to 27 by 2020 from 10 in 2013, CLSA said.
More flights and affordable health-care treatments are luring the Chinese to Thailand, while South Korea is enjoying a boom because of interest in K-pop culture, CLSA said.
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