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Number of hotel rooms set to soar

(China Daily)

13:58, November 08, 2011

A hotel bellboy serving customers at a hotel in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province. An Xin / For China Daily

SHANGHAI - China's hotel market is expected to overtake the United States to be the world's largest from 2025, according to a report issued by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the largest hotel company in the world by number of rooms.

It is estimated China will have 6.1 million hotel rooms by 2025, the same as the United States by then. By 2039, the number of China's hotel rooms will reach 9.1 million, four times of the size it is today, said the report, which was based on the figures from the National Bureau of Statistics in China and the United Nations World Travel Organization.

In 2009, the State Council added tourism as another pillar industry in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), which is widely believed to be the major factor that propels the country's hotel industry.

According to the Opinions of the State Council on Accelerating the Development of Tourism Industry released in 2009, tourism will contribute 4.5 percent to China's gross domestic product by 2015 and revenue will grow by 12 percent annually.

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