The number of Chinese tourists overseas is expected to surpass the 90 million mark this year and exceed 100 million in 2014, the Oriental Morning Post reported Thursday, citing Shao Qiwei, head of the National Tourism Administration (NTA). In the coming five years, more than 400 million Chinese are expected to travel abroad, Shao added. In 2012, Chinese tourists spent a combined US$102.1 billion overseas, accounting for over 30 percent of the growth in global tourism spending. Chinese tourists spent an average of US$5,948 in the US last year, while American tourists spent US$2,538 on average in China, data from the US Department of Commerce showed. Shao said he hopes China and the US will continue to cooperate in the promotion of tourism, while the NTA will seek to introduce more second and third-tier city destinations for US sightseers, the report said.
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