The Annual Report of China Outbound Tourism Development 2009-2010, released by the China Tourism Academy on Thursday, estimates that 54 million tourists will go abroad this year, up from 47 million in 2009.
They are expected to spend $6.86 billion overseas, up 14% from a year earlier.
Jiang Yiyi, director of the academy’s international tourism development institute, said, "The outbound travel market of the Chinese Mainland will remain brisk this year, continuing to contribute to the recovery of the world economy and helping to offset China’s trade surplus."
China Daily reports China is now the biggest tourist market in Asia, with 100 million people forecast to travel overseas by 2020.
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