Date
13 December 2017
Beijing, which is grappling with severe air pollution, has seen its foreign tourist numbers fall 5.9 percent in the first seven months of this year. Photo: Bloomberg
Beijing, which is grappling with severe air pollution, has seen its foreign tourist numbers fall 5.9 percent in the first seven months of this year. Photo: Bloomberg

Pollution, strong renminbi crimp China tourist inflow

China has seen a decline in foreign tourist arrivals this year, with pollution and a strong renminbi deterring some potential visitors, according to a report.

The capital city Beijing, for instance, received 2.36 million overseas visitors in the first seven months of 2014, marking a decline of 5.9 percent over the same period last year, China Daily reported.

The drop in visitors has created a tourist-spending deficit. Chinese tourists are said to have spent US$47 billion more overseas than the amount spent by foreign visitors in China in the first six months of this year, the report said, citing the China Tourism Academy.

Judith Heinrich, product manager from German online travel agency trip.me, was quoted as saying that many Germans have declined favorable offers to visit China due to pollution and the yuan’s appreciation.

On Thursday, the World Tourism Cities Federation Expo opened in Beijing, attended by 240 travel agencies both from China and abroad, with the aim of boosting inbound and outbound tourism in China.

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