Domestic tourism will become a major part of Chinese output if Beijing’s plan to open up new regions to visitors succeeds. China may now be the biggest source of outbound tourists in the world, however, for Beijing the more lucrative spending boom comes from the visitors who stay at home.
In the first half of 2015, the official data reports that more than two billion Chinese residents took domestic trips and almost a tenth more than the same period last year. These tourists spent almost 1.65 trillion Yuan.
By 2020, Beijing hopes that the domestic tourists will spend 5.5 trillion Yuan in a year which is more than almost double than the total expenditure of 2013. This would account for five percent of the country’s output.
In just two years China leaped from 45th to 17th in the World Economic Forum (WEF) rankings improving the ability to cater for tourists enormously.
This year China’s tourism office is going to launch the Silk Road which is intended to attract more visitors to the 3000 km trip from Beijing into the deserts of Xinjiang.
Xinjiang is one of the most remote areas of China and Taklamakan desert is taken to mean ‘go in and don’t come out’ in the local dialects. This region, which is almost thrice the size of France, attracted almost 52 millions of visitors in 2013, representing twice its population, growth of seven percent and enough to generate 67 billion Yuan in revenues.
More than 1.5 million foreign tourists made the journey to Xinjiang and they were primarily from neighboring countries like Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan as the local officials