Tourism With Chinese Characteristics: 97 Million Trips Last Year and Growing

Photograph by Jeff Hutchens

One luxury sector in China that hasn’t taken a hit under President Xi Jinping’s austerity and anti-graft campaign is overseas travel. Last year, Chinese tourists made 97 million overseas trips—up from just 10 million in 2000 and 83 million in 2012. And their spending on overseas travel increased 28 percent in the first nine months of 2013, as compared with the same period a year earlier.

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