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      Inbound tourism recovers fast from pandemic | 今年前10個月入境旅游加速復蘇


      Visitors to the Bund in Shanghai in April pose for a photograph, with the Pudong financial district in the background. WANG GANG/FOR CHINA DAILY



      Beijing tour guide Shi Jinjie had a hectic week in the middle of this month.




      With more than 10 years' experience in serving inbound travelers to the city, he welcomed some 60 such arrivals from the United States and a total of 12 from Germany and Indonesia.




      Since the start of this year, the number of inbound tourists to the Chinese mainland from overseas and regions such as Hong Kong and Macao has risen significantly, boosting Shi's business. He now leads a team of dozens of tour guides offering services in languages that include English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Korean.




      He has even higher expectations for the future thanks to a series of policy support measures. The Foreign Ministry announced late this month that China will grant unilateral visa-free entry for up to 15 days to travelers holding passports issued by France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia.




      Although the work has been hard, Shi considers this a blessing, as just a year ago, he was struggling.




      "Inbound tourism was really slow, and we had to rely on customized domestic tours to make ends meet," he said.




      Such tourism took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.




      The China Tourism Academy said that from 2020 to this year, the number of inbound tourist visits to China is estimated to have fallen by about 370 million, resulting in a loss of some $362 billion in international tourism revenue.




      However, inbound tourism is still widely considered to hold great potential in China. In the first 10 months of this year, the number of foreign visitors to the country reached 26.51 million after it optimized its COVID-19 policies, the National Immigration Administration said.




      Data from Trip.com Group suggest that the recovery in inbound tourism is accelerating.




      Bookings in the first 10 months of this year grew by 125 percent compared with the same period last year, and reached nearly 80 percent of the number in 2019, the agency reported, adding that its bookings in the third quarter rose by 34 percent from the second quarter.




      The most popular destinations for inbound tourists include Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, and Qingdao, Shandong province.




      The major source countries for such arrivals are the US, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and the UK.




      While Shi acknowledges that inbound tourism has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, he feels that many of those operating in the industry are now much busier.




      Shi thinks that next year, inbound tourism will likely recover to about 60-70 percent of the pre-pandemic level.


      "We are fully prepared and eagerly looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the world," he added.



      Source: China Daily

      Editor: Lai Yingying

      Senior Editor: Pang Bo



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