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Traveling is also a form of soft power, he adds, so it's only natural for the chinese government to support its citizens to head abroad.
Chinese are very [URL=http://www.blaues-jahr.de/louis-vuitton-klassik.html]louis vuitton outlet website[/URL] proud of the fact that they are traveling, he adds, given the cultural revolution is still fresh the minds of people over 40.
The unwto credits rapid urbanization, rising disposable incomes and the relaxation of government restrictions on foreign travel.
It is dubbed the"Outline for national tourism and leisure(20132020)"And is a roadmap for restructuring the current paid leave system across china with an aim to encourage governmental agencies, social organizations, enterprises and public institutions to promote the use of leave days.Importantly, it also gives chinese workers more freedom and flexibility of where and when to travel.
"Luxury goods are 2030 percent cheaper in other global cities.If you plan to spend us$10, 000 on shopping and only spend us$1, 000 on airfare, it's much cheaper for chinese tourists to fly abroad to shop. "
According to dr.Yong chen of hong kong polytechnic university who specializes in chinese outbound tourism, unlike other global travelers, chinese tourists focus mainly on shopping.
Though the report did not break down spending per trip amongst international travelers, calculating total spend by number of trips suggests chinese travelers averaged a spend of $1, 230 per trip.
Boosted by a rising chinese currency, chinese travelers spent a record us$102 billion on international tourism in 2012, a 40 percent rise from us$73 billion in 2011.
The results fall right in line with china's outbound tourism growth over the last 10 years.
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By 2015, 100 million chinese will travel abroad, a benchmark originally forecast for 2020, according to the unwto.
"This happened all in one generation,"He says. "Many have parents who didn't have shoes.All this growth happened so fast it's still in living memory.
"If you look at chinese tourists 10 years ago, they will mainly buy souvenirs.Nowadays, they want to buy luxury products in italy or paris like handbags and watches. "
"In 2005 china ranked seventh in international tourism expenditure, and has since successively overtaken italy, [URL=http://www.autautpisa.it]louis vuitton bags outlet store[/URL] japan, france and the united kingdom,"Says the report.
Chinese tourists the world
So what's behind the increase?
It's all about shopping
The unwto says the volume of international trips by chinese travelers grew from 10 million in 2000 to 83 million in 2012, making it the world's fastestgrowing market.
"They have an interest in the model for capitalistic development and want to see what they can learn so they can overtake and become number one. "
"With the 2012 surge, china leaped to first place, surpassing both top spender germany and second largest spender united states(Both close to us$84 billion in 2012). "
"It is the most prominent difference and more evidential in recent years,"Says chen.
Dr.Wolfgang georg arlt, director of the china outbound tourism research institute(Cotri), agrees, saying [URL=http://autautpisa.blogspot.com]http://autautpisa.blogspot.com/[/URL] shopping is one of the main drivers for Chinese tourists.
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