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China Outbound Tourism Hits Record High in 2017

Chinese tourists visit Bangkok on March 10, 2017. The two most popular overseas destinations for Chinese tourists last year were Thailand and Japan, with 9.8 million and 7.4 million visitors respectively. Photo: VCG
Chinese tourists visit Bangkok on March 10, 2017. The two most popular overseas destinations for Chinese tourists last year were Thailand and Japan, with 9.8 million and 7.4 million visitors respectively. Photo: VCG

Buoyed by rising incomes, favorable exchange rates and easier visa processes, outbound travel from China hit another record last year, a new survey showed.

Chinese people made 130.5 million trips overseas last year, a 7% jump over 2016, while total spending increased by 5% to an estimated $115.3 billion, according to a report released by top Chinese travel services provider Ctrip and the China Tourism Academy, a state-backed research institute.

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