BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's tourism income
reached 1,095.7 billion yuan (160.328 billion U.S. dollars) in 2007, up 22.6
percent year-on-year, said China National Tourism Administration on Thursday.
The country hosted 131.87 million inbound tourists last year. Domestic and outbound travelers surpassed 1.6
billion and 40.95 million respectively.
The international tourism income reached 41.91
billion US dollars, up 23.5 percent. Domestic tourism income reached 777.06
billion yuan, up 24.7 percent.
The international inbound market maintained fast
momentum last year. Tourists from other Asian countries took up 61.5 percent of
all international tourists. Republic of Korea continued to be the first on the
list of nations.
By the end of 2007, the country had 13,583 star
hotels, up 6.5 percent, while the number of travel agencies increased to 18,943
from 17,957 in previous year.