Mainlanders are big spenders


ALMOST all tourists from the Chinese mainland shop when they travel abroad, according to a recent survey conducted jointly by AC Nielsen and Tax Free World Association (TFWA).  

The research tracked 1,500 consumers from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou who visited Asia and Europe and Hong Kong and Macao over the past six months.  

Each of the tourists spent US$987 (RM3,750) on average shopping abroad, ranking first worldwide, the study found. Their expenses for shopping made up about one-third of their total tourism budget.  

Last year, 29 million people from the Chinese mainland travelled abroad, a year-on-year increase of 43%, said Thom Rankin, vice-chairman of the conference and research department of TFWA. – People's Daily  

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