China Is Set To Become The World’s Biggest Travel Destination By 2030
It’s that time of year when we start planning where we’re going to travel to next (okay, who are we kidding? We’re always thinking about that.) But if your New Year’s resolutions go something along the lines of: “save for holiday, plan holiday, book holiday” you may want to think outside the box when it comes to your 2019 travel plans.
While South-East Asian countries like Bali and Thailand are always popular due to their affordability and proximity, it may be time to give their bigger, northern neighbour a go – with China set to become the next big travel destination.
According to global research company Euromonitor International China is on track to become the world’s top tourist destination by 2030. France currently holds the top spot for the number one travel destination (what can we say, people love the cheese!) with 86.9 million visitors per year, while China is currently ranked 4th at 60.7 million.
According to Wouter Geerts, a consultant at Euromonitor and author of the research, rapid economic growth in Asia and loosened visa restrictions for travel to China has led to a boom in tourism numbers. It’s not hard to imagine China overtaking France in the near future.
From the bucket list-worthy Great Wall of China to the gleaming skyscrapers of Shanghai, there are plenty of great reasons to visit China. But you’re probably going to want to tick it off your list sooner rather than later — with a population of 1.4 billion plus the expected tourism boom, there’s not likely to be a whole lot of walking room by 2030.