Tourist numbers down in China despite the Games

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Friday, October 31, 2008

From the horse's mouth:

Fewer people visited China this September than there were last September despite the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

According to the China National Tourism
Administration, the number of inbound tourists decreased 5.94 percent
from a year ago to 10.56 million in September.

Analysts attribute the decline to a spike in hotel prices, a control on visas being issued and the global financial crisis.

Tourism revenue
shrank by 11.36 percent to US$3.14 billion in September. From January
to September of this year, revenue slumped 3.26 percent to US$29.83
billion, the administration said.

The number of people traveling from China, however, continued to grow, said the administration.

In September, more than 3.72 million Chinese
traveled abroad, up 9.04 percent compared with the same period last
year. From January to September, more than 34.39 million Chinese went
overseas, up 14.80 percent.
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