Why Chinese tourist are so "desirable" ?
What makes Chinese tourists so desirable is not their number, but also their propensity to spend. "With average spending per person per trip of more than $ 6,500, Chinese visitors are the biggest spenders in the US, no barriers," according to Michael Merner, founder and president of AVIAREPS Asia - China Offices . "The Chinese middle and upper classes spend 19% of their annual income on foreign travel, a percentage never seen in other markets." Experts travel on both sides of the Pacific and US leadership towards a nationalist program influencing the upward trend of visitor arrivals. According to Li Han, vice president of UTour China, one of the main Chinese travel agencies that send Chinese tourists to the United States, "in my opinion there is no impact for now" . In 2016, through UTour doubled and I believe this growth is incredible in Chinese travel to the United States will continue. "
The Vice President of Communications for Visit Seattle is also optimistic. "There is steam at full steam. Unless there is a major policy change, this engine can not be stopped. "
So what interrupted the influx of Chinese visitors to the United States? Our committee looked at two possible developments: "Any deterioration in US security or major changes in American visa policy have an impact on Chinese travel to the United States," Han said.
US visa policyThe US visa policy is indeed a yellow flag at the moment. In the past, Chinese visa holders did not need to go through another consular interview until they applied for a new visa within four years of the expiry of their previous visa. However, for some US visa holders in China, this window has been shortened to 12 months and if Chinese visitors reapply more than 12 months after the expiration of a previous visa they will need to resume the interview process. On also fears that the United States will shorten the length of stay of Chinese on certain visas to six months. This has a major impact on length of stay in China, particularly in "visiting friends and relatives" and those who are traveling longer.
But so far, there is a group that shows remarkable resilience in their positive views towards the US: Chinese tourists. They book trips to the United States in record numbers and show no signs of slackening. Over the past decade, Chinese visitors have increased almost 10 times, from 320,000 visitors in 2006 to more than three million last year. According to the US Department of Commerce, the number reaches 5.7 million arrivals by 2021 and make China the largest market for foreign visitors to the United States