CARSON CITY, Nev - April 17, 2017
Late last week, Lieutenant Governor Hutchison returned from a 10-day overseas travel and tourism trade mission where he led a delegation to different cities throughout China including: Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Xi'an and Guangzhou. The delegation traveled to China to recommit the Silver State to the crucial Chinese travel market and to identify and facilitate new partnerships in China. Lt. Governor Hutchison returned from the trip optimistic about the opportunities Chinese tourists present to the future growth of Nevada's travel and tourism sector.
“Traveling to China was a wonderful experience and a great chance to showcase all that Nevada offers Chinese travelers. With the country expected to be the largest overseas tourism market to the United States by 2021, our recommitment could not have come at a better time. Traveling throughout China, I was greeted by many friendly people who were enthusiastic at the prospect of traveling to Nevada,” Lt. Gov. Hutchison, chair of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, said.
Chinese travel and tourism facts:
- In 2015, China was the third largest market for overseas travelers to the United States with 2.6 million visitors.
- Current estimates project that 5.7 million Chinese will visit the United States each year by 2021.
- In 2015, the average Chinese traveler to the United States spent $7,201, which is more than any other foreign visitors.
- Chinese tourists spent $261 billion abroad in 2016, the most of any country and over twice the amount of United States travelers, China's nearest competitor.