China 2008 Tourism Revenue Reached CNY1.16 Trillion

The latest statistics from China National Tourism Administration show that, despite many adverse factors, China's total tourism revenue reached CNY1.16 trillion in 2008, an increase of 5.8% over 2007.

According to CNTA statistics, in 2008 China received 130.04 million tourists: down 1.4% compared to the previous year. Of these 24.33 million were foreign visitors, a decrease of 6.8%; 53.05 million were inbound tourist who stayed for at least one night in China, a decrease of 3.1%. Over the year China achieved USD40.8 billion from international travel: a decrease of 2.6% from 2007.

In 2008, China recorded 1.712 billion domestic tourists, up 6.3% on 2007. Income from domestic travel reached CNY874.9 billion: an increase of 12.6%.

In 2008, 45.84 million Chinese tourists traveled abroad: an increase of 11.9% compared with that of the previous year.