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UK top draw for Chinese tourists, with visits surging by 30 percent

Posted on Jul 16, 2017 China Daily

The depreciation of the pound is expected to send more Chinese on a shopping spree in the UK.

The number of Chinese visitors to the country surged by 30 percent over April-June, China's biggest travel agency Ctrip reports.

And those who have applied for visas through Ctrip increased by 40 percent.

Tourist numbers are expected to surge by 60 percent year-on-year during this summer vacation, with parents with children becoming a major force, according to the travel agency.

"Chinese tourists are still keen to travel to Europe, including the UK, and the recent terrorist attacks did not change the trend," says Shi Yuzhuan, an officer with Ctrip's market department.

"We've seen that tourists rarely cancel their travel plans to the UK because of attacks," says Shi.

The country came out on top as the most popular European destination for the Chinese in a June ranking released by Ctrip.

Chinese visitors are leading the growth in UK tourism.

The number of flights from China to the UK increased by 10 percent this summer, and Chinese tourists are flocking to the country to shop, British media reports.

Chinese travelers are expected to spend 1 billion pounds in the country this year, double the amount they spent four years ago.



Experts with the World Tourism Organization (WTO) have said that Yunnan Province is poised to become one of Asia's most sought-after travel destinations as well in the next 20 years.

Home to 25 ethnic groups, Yunnan is mysterious and appealing to European and American tourists who are amazed at the ethnic culture and various customs here.