Mainland tourists big spenders overseas

More mainland tourists are expected to spend money on overseas travel this year, according to a report released to the national tourism authority on Tuesday.

The Annual Report of China Outbound Tourism Development 2011, released by the China Tourism Academy, estimates that mainland tourists will make 65 million trips to foreign countries as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan this year, up from 57.39 million in 2010.

They are expected to spend $55 billion overseas, up from $48 billion a year earlier, the report said.

Since 2009, mainland travelers have been the fourth-biggest spenders among tourists in the world. They follow just behind travelers from Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, said Ma Yiliang, a researcher at the academy’s international tourism development institute and a compiler of the report.

“The main reason for this (ranking) is that mainland tourists prefer to shop during their trips,” he said.

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