[photopress:Tourist_1.gif,full,alignright]According to the latest figures from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) nearly 12.12 million foreigners came to the Chinese mainland for sightseeing from January to June, That is up 18.47% year-on-year.
The growth rate more than tripled the 6.1% increase for all inbound tourists to the Chinese mainland, who added up to 63.37 million in the first half of the year.
It also overtook the 4.22% rise for tourists from Hong Kong, 0.56% rise for tourists from Macao and 8.84% rise for tourists from Taiwan.
Foreign tourists came mainly from 16 countries, with tourists from the Republic of Korea registering the rapid growth of 30.62%, followed by India 16.48% and Russia, 15.73%.
Philippines, Canada, France, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Germany, Malaysia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States each registered a growth of over 10% in the number of tourists to China.
Tourism generated nearly $17.94 billion U.S. dollars in foreign currency in the first six months, up 13.1% year-on-year. More than half or $10.25 billion came from foreign tourists, up 19.64% over the same period of last year.