Chinese Tourist in the USA
It is the height of the summer vacation season, and the state itself as "Vacationland" is reeling in tourists this year. On the other side of the world.
At Bar Harbor, Maine, guests on tours lobster fishing Captain John Nicolai are all but eat from her hand.
"I used to get almost no Chinese tourists and now I can say that I get about 15 to 20 percent." On average, it is 150 Chinese tourists per week. A big reason: Last month, the first direct flight from Beijing to Boston.
Most visitors will Boston-side-trips. And Maine is just up the coast.
Over the next five years, the number of Chinese visitors to the United States will more than double, from 1.8 to 4.3 million.
The average Chinese tourist in the United States spends more than $ 7,000 per trip - more than any other nationality.
So Nicolai is not the only one in the red carpet. The restaurants have menus in Chinese. Local businesses have even formed a marketing group to try to attract more Asian tourists. Nicolai customers appreciate that taking the trouble to learn their language.
"I like to take them because they are so interested in what we do here. And I think they bring the message back home, "said Nicolai.
Back home in China, where the word spreads about the great welcome awaits nearly 7,000 miles.
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