Published on : Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Barry Lin, vice general manager of destination marketing services at Chinese online travel agency Tuniu said that there will be an impact on tourism but for how long and he wished that it was temporary.
As the National Day Golden Week is drawing closer which is a national seven-day holiday starting in October the industry is monitoring the situation.
According to the U.S. Travel Association’s report this year China is one of the fastest-growing inbound travel markets to the United States. In 2016 the U.S travel exports to China were valued at 33 billion U.S dollars and 3 million Chinese residents took trips to the United States.
The per Chinese visitor spent on average was 6,900 dollars in 2016 and the country is considered with the highest average spending in the United States.
After the U.S. President Donald Trump’s imposed extra tariffs on 34 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods last month, industry experts are concerned that the growing tension might spoil the momentum.
Lin stated that the difficult time which the two counties are undergoing will stop the group tourists who are undecided.
The Chinese Consulate General In San Francisco issued travel warning to the Chinese tourist.
Jonathan Grella, executive vice president at the U.S. Travel Association mentioned that the trade tension is a threat to the U.S pursuit of the growing global travel market. However the increasing Chinese visitation will help in reversing the trade balance, bolster competiveness and create more jobs in America.