China quickly becoming No.1 tourist destination for Indians Published: 2017/10/3 12:03:15

China is becoming one of the most popular destinations for Indian tourists and both sides are working together to boost tourism cooperation, according to a report by Xinhua News Agency on Monday.

Recent years have witnessed India’s outbound tourism soar, with more and more Indians choosing China as their top destination. It’s estimated that the number of outbound tourists from India will reach 50 million overall by 2020, up from 21.87 million in 2016, said the report.  

Tian Xin, an official from the New Delhi office of the China National Tourism Administration, revealed that in 2014, the number of Indian tourists to China was 709,900, up 4.6 percent year-on-year from 2013. In 2015, the number increased to 730,500 and in just the first 9 months of 2016, the number had already reached 600,900.

China and India, the two most populous countries in the world, started to strengthen tourism cooperation back in 2015. In that same year, “Visit India Year” in China was hosted, and in 2016, “Visit China Year” in India was launched. Both countries have also been working together to improve service quality, simplify visa procedures and increase direct flights to boost tourism.

Tian told Xinhua that both countries have natural advantages in tourism  development, noting that both also have friendly people and abundant tourism  resources. Besides those  attributes, the  low cost of  transportation between the  two countries and the same consumption levels have both contributed to mutual  tourism development.

Tian believes that there is still “huge  development  space…”. “China  and  India  are  neighboring  countries  and  have  a  long,  good  relationship.  The  Silk  Road  once  closely  connected  China  and  India.  Now,  tourism  services  are  the  bonds  linking  the  two  countries,”  Tian  said.  


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