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How Chinese tourists are reshaping the global travel economy

Isabelle Niu
Member exclusive by Isabelle Niu in Tokyo, Japan

This story is part of an ongoing Quartz series on how China is reshaping our world.

In less than two decades, China has become the world’s most important source of international visitors. Last year, Chinese tourists spent a whopping $270 billion on globetrotting, nearly twice as much as American tourists. 

It’s easy to forget that Chinese tourism is a relatively recent phenomenon. Traveling overseas for leisure didn’t become legal in China until the 90s. In 2001, Chinese tourists only made 12 million trips abroad. In 2018, that number was 150 million

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