China Will Be World's Top Tourism Spot by 2015

The Mainland Welcomed Almost 51 Million Arrivals in 2009

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BEIJING ( -- China will be the world's biggest tourism destination by 2015, according to Taleb Rifai, the secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

China is currently the world's fourth-largest travel destination. China had almost 51 million arrivals in 2009, including visitors from Hong Kong and Macau, putting it just behind Spain and the U.S., but still behind No. 1 travel market France, with 78 million foreign visitors in 2008.

The UNWTO says only half of China's visitors are on holiday, however. Thirty percent are visiting friends and relatives and 20% are business travelers.
Source: The Economist

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