Chinese mainland tourists to California soared in recent years

17:05, May 10, 2010      

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The statistics released by the California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC) shows the number of tourists to California from Chinese mainland has witnessed a rapid increase in recent years and they preferred to shopping during the travel.

Caroline Beteta, chief executive of the CTTC, said there are some 250,000 to 300,000 Chinese mainland tourists to California every year and the number saw a double-digit growth rate. It is expected such growth will keep in the coming five years.

The CTTCC opened tourism promoting offices in Shanghai and Beijing one year ago, said Caroline, and China is the world's fastest-growing country in the number of outbound tourists.

In addition, Carol Martinez, spokesperson from Los Angeles Convention and Visitor Authority said Chinese mainland is the Los Angeles' important tourism market and many tourism attractions in the city have set up Chinese boarding service.

Kathryn Smits, director of Beverly Hill Conference and Visitors Authority said she contacted many Chinese tourists and their consumption is characterized by shopping.

"They preferred to by expensive luxury goods, and they also like to buy some useful items, such as vitamin tables, and others," said Kathryn.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:梁军)

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